TAB 2017 Vision Competition “Re-metabolizing Paljassaare” won by proposal titled ICAP

Out of 29 proposals, the 1st prize was awarded to the entry by the name ICAP, followed by 2nd prize SALT and 3rd place FLOCKING DISTRICT. Four honourable mentions were also announced: MOVEesti, Mycobinder, blooming hybrids_production in motion and AvitumCivitas. At this stage, only the titles of the winning proposals are being revealed: the names and teams behind the proposals will be announced during the Opening Week of TAB in September.

According to Claudia Pasquero, member of the jury and also Head Curator of the biennale, the jury was impressed by the level and sophistication of the finalist proposals, and after a long day of consideration, convened on a first, second and third place as well as four honorable mentions which have been awarded to projects addressing the dynamics of Paljassaare site through lenses of politics, mythology, material processes, biological intelligence and computation.

The authors of ICAP, SALT and FLOCKING DISTRICT will be invited to take part with their submissions in the Curator Exhibition and will be invited to the Symposium in September 2017. All 29 submitted projects will be exhibited as part of TAB 2017 bioTallinn.

In spring 2017, Tallinn Architecture Biennale Vision Competition “Re-metabolizing Paljassaare” invited architects, scientists and artists from across the world to define a new urbanity for the unique Paljassaare Peninsula in Tallinn in an era when no ecosystem remains unaffected by human action. The call challenged participants to simulate a new urban morphogenesis of space, informed by international networks, including distributed economies of production, as well as local specificities. The participants were asked to propose design solutions with a clear interest in experimentation and engagement with emergent digital design or biotechnologies. 200 participants signed up for the challenge and 29 individuals or teams submitted proposals by the deadline of the one-stage international competition.

The jury of the competition included Rachel Armstrong (Newcastle University), Liam Young (SCI-Arc), Claudia Pasquero (Bartlett UCL / ecoLogicStudio), Veronika Valk (Estonian Academy of Arts) and Toomas Tammis (Estonian Academy of Arts).

TAB Vision Competition has been a regular part of the biggest architecture event in the region since the Biennale was launched in 2011. The vision competitions are organised in cooperation with Tallinn City and always focus on an area of Tallinn in need of new ideas or development. In 2015, the competition concentrated on one of the central transport intersections of central Tallinn, and in 2013 the focus was on rethinking Soviet period housing area in Väike-Õismäe. The 2017 brief was proposed by biennale head curator Claudia Pasquero together with the assistant curator for architecture and urbanism Alice Buoli. TAB 2017 will take place from 13 September to 27 October 2017.