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 vision@tab.ee.

 

Timeframe

Deadline for submission of competition entries is:

25th of April 2017, 23:59 (GMT +2)

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.

Prizes

 

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.

Jury

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

Rachel Armstrong

Veronika Valk

Toomas Tammis

Claudia Pasquero

Liam Young

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?
    A: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/z0mm3nq4say1oso/AABxYgEMl-gwdcJgqNzd6F1xa?dl=0

    10. I have read in the competition brief that we may send you the files and the video anonymously but how are you going to determine which work is which. If we upload the files via wetransfer is that going to be the connection between the competition entry and the participant?
    A: Folders and files must named as follows: TAB 2017_Vision Competition + the proposal motto.
    The A5 booklet should be also submitted in physical format. The names of the authors submitting + their contact information (e-mail and telephone number) have to be sent in a separate envelope with the proposal motto written on the envelope.
    The booklet and the envelope should be sent to: Põhja pst 27A, 10415 Tallinn Estonia.
    There should be a correspondance between the digital and physical submission mottos.

    11.  I politely ask you for detail explanation regarding A5 booklet. In the competition Brief, under competition entries, is the multiple of 4 referring to the number of pages in the booklet or copies of a booklet?
    A: The booklet should describe the project, including images, text and simulations. The n. of pages of the booklet should be a multiple of 4 (not 4 copies).

    12. The competition brief specifies an A5 page size for the booklet submission.  Is there a requirement for the layout to be either portrait or landscape?
    A: The layout of the booklet is free also in the orientation.

    13. Participants are invited to deal with the Paljassaare Peninsula through any of the following different interpolated territorial and material scales: Baltic Region, City Region, Peninsula Region, Architectural Scale, Material Scale / Micro landscape. Kindly inform me if we have to pick one of the five scales and work particularly on that scale or we have to work on all of them.
    A: Participants can pick one or more of the indicated scales, not all of them.

    14. I have a brief question concerning the  anonymous submission of the digital and printed works: Should we choose a code or number that is stated on f.e. the A5 booklet? I filled out the subscription form from the registration link a couple of months ago, do we need to fill out any other form to be registered?
    A: Yes, you should choose a code or a number (proposal motto) for your submission. No, you do not need to fill out any other form to be registered.

    15. In the updated brief is mentioned that all entries should be received on or before the 25th of april, at 11:59 pm, also the printed booklet. I think this is unfair to participants from countries other than Estonia. Since delivery by post of the printed booklet will take longer, we will have less time to work on the entry than Estonian participants. Usually in these kinds of competitions, the participants can send in until the deadline and have to deliver proof that they handed in the entry at the postal office before the deadline. This would give all participants an equal amount of time to work on their entry.
    A: Yes, the deadline for the entry is on 25th of april, at 11:59 pm both for the digital submission and for the printed booklet. The conditions of architecture competitions can be of different kind, in our case as we have an international jury and we need to meet deadlines for the jury decisions to be made fairly, and we have to be certain of when the material will be in Tallinn. It is a great advantage to have a jury with renowned international guests as we do, for this reason competition was announced in mid January which left  the participants a good amount of time  to work on the proposal and organize their timing.

    16. I politely ask you if there is any service or company in Tallinn you work with where I can send the A5 booklet in digital format for print and they would organize delivery.
    A: We don’t have a confirmed printing partner on board as we have asked all the participants to send A5 booklet by mail already in a printed format. If you would like to get the booklet printed in Estonia here is the contact that we recommend: Crano http://www.grano.ee/en/. We kindly recommend to print it out before sending it to us so that you can double check the printing quality of the work that you submit.

    17.  I am writing this e-mail to have clarification regarding the submission in digital format through the WeTransfer link. In order to send the competition we will have to insert our e-mail address. Is this compromising the anonymity? Please let us know if it is okay to insert our e-mail address or there is any other way to send it.
    A: Yes, it is ok to insert your e-mail address. We have a production team, who is making sure that all the entries remain anonymous for the jury.

    18. 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.
    I would like to know if that means the Illustrator dimensions are not correct and the images are not going to be printed in a size of 150 x 112cm.
    A: Final dimensions of the file submitted should be 4266 x 3200px (36 x 27 cm in 300 dpi) as noted in the brief. Active dpi of illustrator documents is around 1200 dpi not 300 dpi, the output depends on document raster effect settings and file export settings thus we don’t recommend using the values as a guide.

Credits:
 
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

Location

13.09-27.10
Estonian Museum of Architecture

Eesti Arhitektuurimuuseum, Ahtri, Kesklinn, Tallinn, Estonia