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TAB 2019 announces Installation Programme Competition shortlist


Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019
November 19th 2018

TAB 2019 announces Installation Programme Competition shortlist

5th Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019 announces the shortlisted schemes for TAB 2019 Installation Programme Competition “Huts and Habitats”. TAB 2019 Installation Programme is an open two-stage competition which offers emerging architectural talents the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden structure in the heart of Tallinn, in front of Museum of Estonian Architecture and promotes synergy between emerging talents and industry, participants are encouraged to consider new technologies and design strategies in relation to Estonia’s rich history of timber construction.

TAB 2019 Installation Programme first stage received 137 submissions from all over the world: Australia, Japan, USA, Chile, Russia, United Kingdom, Portugal, Spain, Germany, France, Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

These are the 12 architectural firms (in alphabetical order) that will continue in 2nd stage: CITA, str.ucture (Denmark/Germany); Déborah López, Hadin Charbel, Patrick Donbeck (Thailand); Ephemeral Research (Japan/Chile); Grimshaw (UK); Manuel Jimenez Garcia (UK); Rehm, Ishida and Lutz (USA); Raul Kalvo (Estonia); Plethora Project - Jose Sanchez (USA); SET Architects (Italy); SomePeople (USA); SoomeenHahm Design Ltd (SD), Igor Pantic and Fologram (UK); SPORTS (USA)

I am really excited with the 12 selected teams, it’s a really diverse sample of a current generation of cutting edge young architects, with different ideas, tools and methods. I think we managed to get people who can really challenge the idea of the primitive hut - these are designers and thinkers that go beyond mere technique and can develop a deep conceptual response to the brief”, asserts internationally well known architect and designer Gilles Retsin, TAB 2019 Installation Programme Curator.

The Jury panel, called to judge the best is composed of: Philippe Block (ETH, Zurich; NCCR, Switzerland), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC, Barcelona) and Mihkel Tüür (Architect and co-founder of KTA, Estonia).

Jury advisers: Gilles Retsin (TAB 2019 Installation Programme Curator, Programme Director Bartlett B-Pro AD, Director of Gilles Retsin Architecture, Belgium)); Dr Yael Reisner (Head Curator TAB 2019, UK), Sille Pihlak (co-founder of PART, TAB 2017 Installation Programme curator, Estonia).

The winner proposal will be built in August 2019 in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture and will be opened to the public during TAB Opening Week September
11-15 2019.

January 30 2019 - II stage design submission arrival deadline;
February 2019 - announcing the winner;
August 2019 - construction;
September 11-15 2019 - TAB 2019 Opening Week

Prizes include:
1st prize
€15,000 budget for construction, TAB 2019 Symposium participation, published in TAB 2019 book, TAB2019 PASS
2nd and 3rd prize
TAB 2019 Installation Programme exhibition and TAB 2019 Symposium participation; published in TAB 2019 book; TAB 2019 PASS

The winner and all Second Stage participants will be exhibited at the TAB Installation Programme exhibition and published on TAB 2019 website.

TAB 2019 Opening Week September 11 – 15 2019,
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas. The core programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium and the Tallinn Vision Competition, all curated by TAB Head Curator, an International Architecture Schools' Exhibition and the Installation Programme. Moreover, the programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, that consists of exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film projections and other events spread around the city. Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.

“Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”
is the topic for the next Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019. The winning proposal was selected from the international curatorial call for the 5th installment of the biggest architecture event in the region. The selected head curator is Dr Yael Reisner, a registered architect in Israel, who works and lives in London. Her proposal focuses on the subject of how beauty matters again, reflecting on a cultural shift, after nearly eighty years of dormancy, as beauty was a tabooed, denigrated subject. Curators‘ assistants roles in the TAB curatorial team has been appointed to architect Liina Soosaar (Tallinn), who has recently graduated from Architecture and Urban Design at the Estonian Academy of Arts and architect Barnaby Gunning (London).

For more information, please visit TAB 2019 website:

Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019 “Beauty Matters: the Resurgence of Beauty”
Opening Week: September 11th – 15th, 2019

Head Curator:
Dr. Yael Reisner (London)
Curators' Assistants: Liina Soosaar (Tallinn), Barnaby Gunning (London)
Production: Eve Arpo, Maria Kristiin Peterson (Estonian Centre for Architecture)

Main Partners:
Cultural Endowment of Estonia, Tallinna Urban Planning Department, Enterprise Estonia, European Structural and Investment Funds, The British Council, Estonian Ministry of Culture, Estonian Association of Architects, Museum of Estonian Architecture, Visit Estonia
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Press Office TAB 2019: mint LIST (Giulia Milza, Maria Azzurra Rossi)
Press Office Estonian Centre for Architecture: Katrin Tomiste