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200 architects are competing to build a wooden installation in Tallinn


The TAB 2017 Urban Installation Open Call 1st stage received 200 portfolios from emerging architectural talent who are looking to capture the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden folly in the heart of Tallinn in August 2017.

The international open two-stage competition is challenging participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities with the Estonian wooden house manufacturers. The aim is to promote synergy between emerging designers and industry. 

The Call raised wide international interest, bringing in entries from India, USA, Hong Kong, Italy, France, The Netherlands, Latvia, Japan, Austria, Germany, UK, Russia, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Spain, Mexico, United Arab Emirates, Sweden, Bulgaria, Turkey, Chile, Australia, Canada, Greece, Portugal, Venezuela, Georgia, Israel, New Zealand, China, Iran, Slovakia, Cameroon, Cuba and Lithuania.

Curators of the TAB 2017 Installation Programme, architects Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam in conversation with Head Curator of TAB 2017 Claudia Pasquero suggest that the open call is driven by TAB 2017 main topic of bio-technology in architecture and urban design: "By the end of the competition, we are looking for a visionary model using principles of biological self-organization, computational material logic and the embodied algorithms of the future of bio-city for the TAB Installation Programme. The convergence of biotechnology and IT, applied to landscape and urban design is considered by many pioneers as one of the more promising future developments for our civilization. TAB 2017 will provide a showcase for the most interesting emergent actors in the field."

As a next step, the Jury of the Open Call will select the teams and individuals, based on portfolios, who will go into the second stage of the Call. The jury of the competition is led by Michael U. Hensel from the Oslo School of Architecture and Design; other jury members include TAB 2017 curator Claudia Pasquero, computational design and materialization specialist Martin Tamke from CITA KADK, and the head of Estonian Museum of Architecture, Triin Ojari.

The folly will be built in August 2017 in front of the Estonian Architecture Museum in Tallinn, on an all-grass, slightly elevated area. The structure should stay there for up to 23 months. Participants are asked to use local sustainable material – timber – and winners have a chance to co-produce it with local timber industry and make use of local industrial CNC capabilities.


1st November 2016 - II stage participants selected;
1st February 2017- II stage design submission arrival deadline;
14th February 2017 - announcing the winner;
August 2017 - construction;
13th to 17th September 2017 - opening with exhibition, book launch, symposium.


All entries qualified for the second stage will be published and exhibited at TAB 2017.
The winner will have a €10,000 budget to realise the project.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB is an international architecture festival which introduces local architecture culture, current issues concerning architecture, and looks at the future of the architectural profession. TAB offers a programme of events for both architecture professionals, students and everyone interested in architecture. Within TAB 2015, an installation titled Body Building, designed by Pihlak and Tuksam was erected in Tallinn, becoming an inspiration to a separate TAB 2017 programme.

TAB 2017, titled "Bio.T.A.llinn"
, looks at the intersection of biology, computation and urban design; we will undertake a non-anthropocentric investigation of the city of Tallinn, conceived as a territory of self-organisation and co-evolution of multiple dynamic systems which are at the same time ecological, infrastructural, technological, social and political in nature. TAB 2017 explores the notion of ‘collective intelligence’ as it has recently emerged in scientific studies of nature, in order to envision a resilient and adaptive interpretation of the city. The curatorial team will invite local as well as international artists and scientists to engage with this notion through original works that will inspire visitors with a vision of the city as "new nature", conjuring scenarios of urban symbiosis and co-evolution. Biennale’s curatorial team is led by Claudia Pasquero and the event is produced by Estonian Centre of Architecture.

TAB installation programme press photos

Programme curators:

Sille Pihlak, Siim Tuksam (PART)

Triin Männik
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Photo credit: TAB 2015 installation Body Building by Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam (image: Tõnu Tunnel)