Tallinn Architecture Biennale- TAB 2022 Installation Competition

SAVE Tallinn Architecture Biennale- TAB 2022 Installation Competition

Last Submission Date: 22 April 2021

Last Registration Date: 22 April 2021

Language: English

Country: Estonia, Europe

Prizes: 15,000€ for building the installation

Type: Open Competition, Built Competition

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About Competition

The 2022 TAB installation brief operates in parallel to the Edible theme of Lydia Kallipoliti, Areti Markopoulou and Ivan Sergejev’s Curatorial exhibition. The installation competition is interested in how the Slow Food movement, a countercultural response to industrialized food production, can serve as an effective departure point for reimagining how and what we build.

As a counterpoint to the prevailing trends towards high-speed industrialized construction, the curators invite proposals that explore the relationship between technology and slowness. Slowness is a useful framework for thinking about design and construction in a world of finite physical resources and exponentially increasing computational capacity. New technologies could, for instance, enable builders to better utilize local materials and extend the capacity of traditional craftsmanship, reducing the need for global production and transportation chains or standardized building components.

The 2022 TAB installation calls for proposals that take a long, romantic, and human centric view towards construction technology, demonstrating designs and processes that extend and expand learning and mastery, traditional craftsmanship and analogue fabrication, repurposing and reuse of local materials, human invention and improvisation, environmental adaptation and responsiveness, wonderment, and delight.

The installation competition seeks proposals for Slowbuildings that explore how the same technologies that are facilitating faster industrialized construction can be slowed to nourish local craftsmanship, better utilize available materials, respond to environments over long time scales and enhance bespoke design expression. Could robotic automation and rapidly emerging technologies of machine learning, mixed reality environments, high fidelity spatial capture and 3D printing allow Slowbuilding to become an alternative paradigm for architectural production, one that is optimized for learning, adaptation, collaboration and delight rather than capital gain and project delivery time?

Requirements / Eligibility

The installation should work independently of the larger whole, as a functional and active public space in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. Just as previous editions of TAB, the installation itself should be open to the surroundings and attract visitors the museum. The competition is not looking for proposals for small houses or cabins, but public installations. The installation needs to be climate resistant as it should stay on the site until 2024, a period of two years. Architects are encouraged to think about timber as innovative construction material, possibly in combination with other materials. The winning team will construct their own design for the opening of TAB 2022.

Key Dates

22nd April 2021:
stage 1 submission deadline, 12:00 PM Estonian Time
June 2021:
announcement of the chosen teams
10th September 2021:
Stage 2 submission deadline, 12:00 PM Estonian Time
end of September 2021:
the winner announced
7th September 2022:
Opening of TAB 2022 and the installation


1st prize
15 000 € budget for construction + symposium participation + exhibition participation + published in TAB 2022 book + TAB 2022 pass
2nd and 3rd prize
TAB 2022 exhibition participation + published in TAB 2022 book + TAB 2022 PASS
The winner and the II stage participants will be exhibited at TAB Installation Programme exhibition.

About the Organizer

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is the biggest and most important architectural festival in the Baltics addressing relevant issues in architecture and delving into the present and the future of the field. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects, and between architects and the public, by creating contacts and exchanging ideas.

The next edition TAB 2022 will take place September – October 2022, with the opening week on the 7th–11th of September.

TAB 2022 is titled “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” and is curated by Lydia Kallipoliti, Areti Markopoulou in collaboration with Co-Curator Ivan Sergejev.

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Images: Past winners

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