Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that fosters local architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public.
4th Tallinn Architecture Biennale is curated by architect, urban designer and ecologist Claudia Pasquero. She is the co-founder of ecoLogicStudio and director of the Urban Morphogenesis Lab at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL. TAB 2017 is based on her proposal bioTallinn. TAB opens in Tallinn on 13-17th of September 2017. The 2017 Biennale will feature Curators’ Exhibition, Vision Competition and a Symposium curated by Claudia Pasquero and her team.
TAB 2017 will also include numerous side events: Installation Competition, International Schools’ Exhibition, TAB Club, publications, installations, films, lectures, discussions, tours, parties and a lot more.
TAB is produced by Estonian Centre of Architecture.
Assistant curator for Architecture and Urbanism
Installation Competition curator
Installation Competition curator
Maria Kristiin Peterson
Curator Exhibition and webzine editor
Schools Exhibition curator
TAB Club Programme curator
With lots of events across Tallinn, the small Tallinn Architecture Biennale team relies on volunteers like you to support Biennale activity and help Biennale visitors at events, alongside a range of other tasks through the busy Biennale period.
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TAB 2015: Self-Driven City
9-13 September, 2015
Curators: Marten Kaevats, Arhitekt Must, Ivan Sergejev, Helen Pau, Damiano Cerrone, Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam, Maria Derlõš
The third TAB was looking into the changes, challenges and opportunities that our cities and their inhabitants will be facing once the third industrial revolution is implemented in full scale and we all start using self-driving cars. What will this mean for architects, designers, urban planners? TAB turned Tallinn into a test site for the cities of the future, visualising ideas and conceptualising the way cities are built.
TAB 2015 exhibitions had 103 000 visitors. Symposion programme included 20 lecturers and 400 participants.
TAB 2013: Recycling Socialism
4-30 September, 2013
Curators: Aet Ader, Kadri Klementi, Karin Tõugu and Kaidi Õis
TAB 2013 was exploring the modernist and socialist architecture from the 1960s to the 1980s. While dealing with the soviet era architecture, TAB aimed to inspire architects, city planners and citizens to look for the best ideas rather than presenting ready-made projects. For the first time the Sprat-Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs was open to the public. Also, for the first time since many years, the doors of Linnahall, the grand soviet concert hall, was opened for the architecture schools exhibition.
TAB hosted many well-known contemporary architects and theorists starting with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) as a jury member of the vision competition to the radical Italian architect Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma) as an author at the Curators’ Exhibition and speaker of the symposium.
TAB 2011: Landscape Urbanism
8-11 September, 2011
Curated by Villem Tomiste
The very first Tallinn Architecture Biennale concentrated on the hybrid issue of landscape urbanism. TAB 2011 considered landscape urbanism as so-called ’third way’, which could possibly solve urban problems that had proved to be too difficult for traditional planning because of rapid processes, constant change and instability. Landscape urbanism could also provide answers how to guide urban processes from inside, so that the system as a whole still maintains a balance. The term ’landscape’ is used primarily as the model for consistency, responsiveness and scale.
TAB 2011 comprised of three main events: symposium Landscape Urbanism (curated by Katrin Koov), exhibition 11FLIRTS (curated by Villem Tomiste) and vision competition STREET 2020.