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Tallinn Architecture Biennale: Recycling Socialism will be exploring the modernist and socialist architecture from the 1960s to the 1980s in a 5-day long main programme launching in two weeks, on Wednesday, September 4th.
The core events of the programme are the two-day Symposium, the Curators' Exhibition, the Vision Competition Award Ceremony and the International Architecture Schools' Exhibition. The highlights of the Biennale will be lectures by Pier Vittorio Aureli and raumlaborberlin, the opening of the Sprat-Tin Hall of the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the public, 12 commissioned works on the topic by local and international architecture offices (including Dogma, raumlaborberlin, EXYZT, Dorte Mandrup, Salto and others), the public announcement and awarding of the winners of TAB Vision Competition (with Bjarke Ingels as a jury member) and studio projects by world renowned architecture schools (including Oslo School of Architecture and Design, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, Strelka Institute, RMIT School of Architecture and Design and many others). TAB Lounge will host young architects and initiatives from the region, a pop-up bookshop will be selling literature on the topic, film screenings and parties will light up the nights and guided tours will uncover the local modernist architecture by day.
TAB Vision Competition winner is the team of project Dynamo
TAB 2013 Vision Competition awards were announced at a ceremony in Väike-Õismäe, the district of Tallinn that is the topic of the competition, on Saturday. The winning team of project Dynamo comes from Moscow Strelka Institute: Izabela Cichonska, Nathan de Groot, Lindsay Harkema and Ondrej Janku.
The TAB 2013 Vision Competition organised by the Estonian Architecture Centre and the City of Tallinn invited architects, landscape architects, urbanists, and university students in these fields to propose ideas and methods, with which to diversify Väike-Õismäe's urban space and create an enjoyable living environment. The competition attracted 89 entries from all around the world, 86 of which were submitted on time.
The jury members Bjarke Ingels (BIG, Founding Partner), Endrik Mänd – (City of Tallinn, Chief Architect) and Inga Raukas – (Allianss Arhitektid, Founding Partner) made their decisions already in May.
The second prize went to project Anamorfosis by Antonio Buonsante, Nicola Campri, Marco Taccagni, Merilin Jürimets and Giulia Ragnoli and the third prize to F23 by David Flynn Architects. The first place is awarded with 5000 euros, second 2000 euros and third 1000 euros.
Special mention was made by the jury of the following entries: Animal District (NICE ARCHITECTS Ltd. Tomáš Žáček, Soňa Pohlová, Igor Žáček, Roman Janata, Marin Rariga, Filip Marčák, Jakub Slameň and Landscape architecture consultants: 2KA Ltd. Peter Pasečný, Ivana Pasečná), ColorSpray (Tuomas Martinsaari, Paul Thynell, Matti Wäre), K0EX15T (Sergio Bortolussi, Ludovico Centis, Giorgio De Vecchi, Giorgio Renzi, Marco Scapin, Giancarlo Zampirollo), A Collective Space (PRO TOTO Martti Kalliala), Panda J (Dian Sekartaji, Kana Sakamoto, Yan Jie) and The Point (Indrė Ruseckaitė, Aušra Černauskienė, Norbert Tukaj, Mindaugas Reklaitis).
Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill) is one of Tallinn's three larger Soviet-era panel-apartment districts, which differs from the other similar areas by way of its concentric plan derived from the idea of a circle-city. The district is positioned circularly as a single, complete solution around a pond in the middle. On the one hand, Väike-Õismäe, which was recognised with a national award upon completion in the 1980s, is a clear underlying structure for further developments. On the other hand, this circle-based plan is also a limitation that gives the illusion of a functional whole, but where – similarly to other modernist apartment block areas – the environment and modern-day life are still searching for a common language.