ecoLogicStudio, Paljassaare Peninsula, Infrared summer, 2016

Re-metabolizing Paljassaare


We look for visionary proposals working at the intersection of architecture, computation and biology to re-define the Paljassaare Peninsula as a new urban prototype for the city of Tallinn.


The aim of the Vision Competition is to engage the peculiar relationship found between the artificial infrastructure of Tallinn, including its vast soviet heritage, and its coastal landscape.  The Paljassaare Peninsula provides a typical case study of the emergent friction between land and sea, development and conservation, wastewater treatment infrastructure  and protected ornithological park.
Tallinn Vision Competition, “Re-metabolizing Paljassaare”, challenges participants to simulate a new urban morphogenesis,  informed by international networks, including distributed economies of production, as well as local specificities, such as the protection of migrating birds.
How do we design a new territory of synthesis between large scale infrastructure and local ecology? Can we use digital or analogue simulations to convert dry data maps into morphogenetic processes, a new spatial language to define this emergent urban landscape?
Tallinn Vision Competition calls for new scenarios to be explored as simulations of potential future coexistence. Proposals should be in the form of short videos. All kinds of simulation methods are welcome from the most abstract digital computation to analogue material experiments.

A specific set of data is provided upon filling in a free-of-charge Registration Form and participants are invited to engage with this information as starting point for their simulations.

Download the Brief

Submitting Questions

Competition participants may submit relevant questions to the e-mail address



Deadline for submission of competition entries is:

25th of April 2017

Selected winners will be announced by the end of May 2017 and will be invited to take part with their submissions to the Curator Exhibition and will be invited to the Symposium in September 2017.



First Prize:
4.000 €

+ Five honorable mentions

Second Prize:
2.000 €

Third Prize:
1.000 €

All submitted projects will be exhibited as part of TAB 2017 Bio-Tallinn.


Rachel Armstrong, Newcastle University
Liam Young, SCI-Arc
Claudia Pasquero, Bartlett UCL / ecoLogicStudio
Veronika Valk, Estonian Academy of Arts
Toomas Tammis,  Estonian Academy of Arts

Rachel Armstrong

Liam Young

Veronika Valk

Toomas Tammis

Claudia Pasquero

Competition Site

The Paljassaare Peninsula


The Paljassaare Peninsula, located in the northern district of Tallinn, is characterized by a rich variety of trans-scalar dynamic systems; it is constituted by productive infrastructures as well as defensive artifacts which co-exist, at times as segregated environments, in other occasions as overlapping landscapes. This part of the city of Tallinn represents a prototypical case study of a landscape that is at once rich in biodiversity and heavily anthropic. As such it is currently shaped by two forms of conservative ideology: environmentalism that strives to maintain the site as it is in a state of illusionary wilderness, and commercial development that envisions its transformation into an ideal green city.

Participants are invited to deal with the Paljassaare Peninsula through any of the following different interpolated territorial and material scales:

  1. Baltic Region
  2. City Region
  3. Peninsula Region
  4. Architectural Scale
  5. Material Scale / Micro landscape
  • FAQ

    1. Please confirm the boundary of the site.
    A: We suggested a variety of scales to look at, there is no restrictions on administrative or property boundaries.

    2. Can you give us more information regarding the existing railway? As we can see from the plan and google maps there are two sections. Do you wish to reconnect those sections to the main railways?
    A: This is a matter of design choice which is up to participants to comply with. The data provided can be used to compile your proposal. We will take this requirement of further data into consideration. As soon as new data will comes available we will circulate this to all the participants.

    3. Shall the wastewater treatment infrastructure be moved to somewhere else in the fulture? Or will it stay and become part of the island, together with the protected ornithological park?
    A: The data provided in the catalogue is expected to meet the needs for generating your simulations. Further research made by participants is welcome.

    4. Is the city of Tallinn expending a lot recentely? Does the Peninsula island need to take some population and traffic pressure out of Tallinn?
    A: The data provided in the catalogue is expected to meet the needs for generating your simulations. Further research made by participants is welcome.

    5. Is the soil under Paljassaare Wastewater Treatment Plant polluted? If so what kind of pollution is that?
    A: Paljassaare Wastewater Treatment Plant is built on a former waste ground. There is no specific data available on the pollution.

    6. As specified on the brief, the image format for the final submission is 4266 x 3200 PX in 300 Dpi (RGB). If I set up a document with those pixels on Photoshop the size is  36 x 27 cm. With the same process in Illustrator the size is 150 x 112 cm. I assume that the first one (36×27 cm) is correct, but could you please confirm this?
    A: Yes, the Photoshop dimensions are the right size.

    7. On the peninsula_full_database drawing there is a layer called “flow lines”. Could you specify what is this flow related to?
    A: The flow lines represent the flow of the rainwater on the landscape.

    8. In the Brief there is a picture about the protected birds distribution, but there is no legend on it and it is  quite difficult  to understand its meaning. Can you explain the meaning for us?
    A: The list on the side are bird names and crosses are the location on site.

    9. If you have any original resources like digital map or website, can you send them?

Video “Antrophocene Island” by ecoLogicStudio (2016)
All slideshow maps and diagrams ©ecoLogicStudio
Microbial cellulose images produced in the context of the “Biocomputation and urban protocols in Tallinn” / Intensive Design Course Estonian Academy of Arts, Directed by Claudia Pasquero with Alice Buoli and Piibe Piirma / a.y. 2016-2017 / Students: Lill Volmer, Anne Kaljas, Kristina Puz, Mark Grimitliht, Janine Röfke, Isacco Begarani, Margaux Le Bouille, Mae Köömnemägi, Hanna-Liisa Mõtus, Lien Clyncke,   Egle Lillemäe, Ann Sophie Megerle, Charlotte Raisch, Mikko Toivanen


Estonian Museum of Architecture

Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, Ahtri, Kesklinn, Tallinn, Estonia