Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2019 - Vision Competition

The curatorial team asks the proposals to escape the bland globalisation of standard developer architecture and find new concepts in keeping with the alternative lifestyles of Kalamaja’s inhabitants.

Category Idea Competition
Type International, Idea, Open, Single-Stage, Anonymous
Genre Housing, Urban
Country Tallinn, Estonia
RegDeadline 16 January 2019 GoogleCal iCal
16 January 2019 (via Online)
Eligibility All architects and students of architecture

No one can define beauty in simple terms, nevertheless, we know that its experience is often identified with certain qualities. Mathematicians—who, unlike architects, never stopped believing in the role of beauty—knowingly, and comfortably list surprise, significance, clarity, profundity, or ambiguity, as some of its characteristics, and they point out that when order takes over disorder, ‘all falls into place.’ This pleasing moment is something that architects are familiar with too and it is a well known step towards beauty.
In our time, beauty is not a singular idea but its plurality prevails, hence we are looking for new architectural beauties.
The task is to create a neighborhood of shared and private habitats to live and work in. Indoor and outdoor places for people of all ages to learn, play and grow. The aspiration is for the innovative design of dynamic and beautiful architecture where digital gains are augmented by human judgment and cognitive intuition. A goal is to consider the shared eco-system, enhancing relationships between people, flora and fauna, exploring the relationship between the organic and inorganic and considering indoors as outdoors. We seek a widening of the palette of emotional involvement and the creation of new architectures informed by contemporary, diverse experiences of beauty, which encompass the requirements of ecology and society, as with all good architecture such parameters cannot be compromised. Whilst not compulsory, we are excited by the possibilities of collaborative design and encourage entries by teams that include members from different practices working together, while each keeping their own language, tools and methods ‒ though being aware of the design produced by their colleagues, reflecting and hopefully responding at key stages in the design process.

Kjetil Traedal Thorsen, architect, Founding Partner Snøhetta, Oslo
Endrik Mänd, architect, Chief Architect of Tallinn
Margit Mutso, architect, Eek & Mutso Architects, Tallinn

First prize: €4000
Second prize: €2000
Third prize: €1000
Five honourable mentions

Entry Fee

The winning project codes announcement: by the end of January 2019
The Award ceremony: September 2019 at TAB 2019

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