9 September - 18 October 2015

9.09 - 18.10 2015











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 program of events for both architecture professionals, students and everyone interested in architecture. In September 2015, TAB will be taking over the city of Tallinn for the third time.

Earlier TABs:

TAB 2011: Landscape Urbanism
September 8-11, 2011
Curated by Villem Tomiste

The very first Tallinn Architecture Biennale concentrated on the hybrid issue of landscape urbanism. TAB 2011 considered landscape urbanism as so-called ’third way’, which could possibly solve urban problems that had proved to be too difficult for traditional planning because of rapid processes, constant change and instability. Landscape urbanism could also provide answers how to guide urban processes from inside, so that the system as a whole still maintains a balance. The term ’landscape’ is used primarily as the model for consistency, responsiveness and scale. TAB 2011 comprised of three main events: symposium Landscape Urbanism (curated by Katrin Koov), exhibition 11FLIRTS (curated by Villem Tomiste) and vision competition STREET 2020.

TAB 2011 was supported by Estonian Cultural Endowment, Estonian Ministry of Culture, City of Tallinn, foreign embassies and a number of companies.

TAB 2013: Recycling Socialism

September 4-30, 2013
Curators Aet Ader, Kadri Klementi, Karin Tõugu and Kaidi Õis

The architects of b210 (Kaidi Õis, Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Mari Hunt) won the curator competition for the second TAB with their concept Recycling Socialism which redefined the Soviet era urban environment and aspired towards its better integration in the city of today. The biennale grew slightly in size - there were now four main events at the core of the Biennale: the Symposium, the Curators’ Exhibition, the Vision Competition, and the Architecture Schools’ Exhibition. Numerous side-events complemented the main programme: the TAB Lounge, publications, installations, films, lectures, discussions, guided tours, presentations by universities, parties, and a lot more.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale “Recycling Socialism” attracted more than 6200 visitors to exhibitions and other nearly 40 events during September. Tallinn hosted many well-known contemporary architects and theorists starting with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) as a jury member of the vision competition to the radical Italian architect Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma) as an author at the Curators’ Exhibition and speaker of the symposium.

For the first time TAB opened the unique “sprat tin hall” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the public inspiring other event organizers to use it as well. Also for the first time since many years the doors of Linnahall, the grand soviet concert hall were opened for the architecture schools exhibition. The vision competition of Väike-Õismäe that received more than 80 entries inspired ideas for the development of the district.

While dealing with the soviet era architecture, TAB aimed to inspire architects, city planners and citizens to look for the best ideas rather than presenting ready-made projects. Pier Vittorio Aureli emphasized the meaning of the biennale: "I think that we would not be here discussing these issues and making these projects or even having the Biennale if we did not think that events like this spread certain ideas. Which inevitably also results in building places that are really the actors that at the end produce the city."

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is grateful to all our supporters: Estonian Culture Endowment, Ministry of Culture, Estonian Union of Architects, City of Tallinn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Velux Eesti, Carmen Catering, Overall, Puuinfo, Matek, Tallink Hotels, Hals Interiors, Moodne Valgustus, Silman Elekter, Cramo, K-Rauta, Espak, Sapa Profiilid, Akzo Nobel Baltics, Janere, Pagari One, KH Energiakonsult, Europark, 
Valge Klaar, Delfi, Säsör OÜ, Mustamäe district administration, Tallinn City planning department, Toftan ja Raitwood.