9 September - 18 October 2015

9.09 - 18.10 2015










Main Exhibition

Main Exhibition "Body Building"

The main exhibition of this year’s Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2015 is looking at hybrid forms of construction where cutting-edge technology and science meets the self-driven variability of material systems and where the degrees of freedom and control define an outcome of multiplicity within tolerance, trying to find a balance between the unruly and the predictable - body and building.

As forthcoming architecture is moving beyond common borders of the discipline, the exhibition is exploring new territories of building aesthetics and spatial qualities of self-driven intelligent systems, where architecture and science have entered into a dialogue between the computational and the physical - illustrated by 10 international architectural studios exhibiting prototypes and installations in the 500 m2 main space of the Museum of Estonian Architecture.

Events: opening / exhibition / dance performance 17.09 / curatorial tour 20.09 / dance performance 01.10 / curatorial tour 11.10


Exhibition participants:

Atelier Bruno Juricic
Bruno Juricic

Pula, Croatia

Bruno Juricic is an architect, curator and entrepreneur. Juricic is currently a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Architecture at UCLA. His thesis dissertation Unbound Architecture: Was Everything Architecture? aims to create a post-WWII to contemporary area genealogy of architecture that is engaged with questions about the relationship between art, architecture and technology.

Tom Wiscombe
Tom Wiscombe Architecture
Los Angeles, USA

Tom Wiscombe, AIA is the founder and principal of Tom Wiscombe Architecture, an internationally recognized design practice. His work stands out in terms of its arresting formal and graphic qualities, its mysterious near-figural features, and its tectonic inventiveness. Wiscombe has developed an international reputation through winning competition entries, exhibitions of work at major cultural institutions, and publications worldwide.

Roland Snooks
Robert Stuart-Smith
Kokkugia / Roland Snooks, Robert Stuart-Smith
Melbourne, Australia

Kokkugia is an experimental architecture research collaborative exploring generative design methodologies developed from the complex self-organising behaviour of biological, social and material systems. Kokkugia is led by Roland Snooks and Robert Stuart-Smith, with labs in Melbourne and London, operating through design experimentation, research and teaching.

Marjan Colletti
Kadri Tamre
REX|LAB / Marjan Colletti, Kadri Tamre

Innsbruck, Austria

Dr. Marjan Colletti is an architect, an architectural educator, researcher, and co-director of 'marcosandmarjan design limited' in London. He is currently University Professor at the University of Innsbruck in Austria and Head of the Institute for Experimental Architecture, and in parallel Senior Lecturer in architecture and Director of Computing at the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL.

Kadri Tamre holds a Master’s degree in architecture from the University of Applied Arts Vienna (A) / Studio Wolf D. Prix and has working experience from architectural practices in Austria, Estonia, Spain and China, with several awards and scholarships.

Igor Siddiqui
ISSSStudio / Igor Siddiqui
Austin, USA

ISSSStudio is an emerging design practice with a primary focus on novel relationships between architecture and decorative arts, viewed through the lens of technological innovation and shifting cultural values. Igor Siddiqui is the principal and founder of ISSSStudio. He is a licensed architect and design scholar with an appointment of Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture.

Julia Körner
Julia Körner
Los Angeles, USA | Salzburg, Austria

Julia Körner is founder and principal of JK Design GmbH based in Salzburg, Austria, and holds a lecturer position at the University of California, Los Angeles. She works at the convergence of fashion design, architecture, and industrial design specialising in additive manufacturing and robotic technology. Her work stands out, recognised today at the top level of these disciplines, and has been featured in National Geographic Magazine, at Venice Biennale, Paris Haute Couture to name a few.

Carlo Ratti
Carlo Ratti Associati
Turin, Italy

Carlo Ratti Associati is a rapidly growing architectural practice based in Turin, Italy, with branches in Boston and London. Drawing on Ratti’s research at the MIT, the office is currently involved in many projects across the globe. Embracing every scale of intervention, ranging from city masterplans to furniture design, the work of the practice focuses on revolutionizing the use of digital technologies in our built environment and daily lives. Carlo Ratti is an architect and engineer by training, practicing in Italy and teaching at the MIT, where he directs the SENSEable City Lab. At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’.

Vienna, Austria

nformations is an arts-based research cluster of architects, artists and engineers funded by the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), located at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Within the field of generative workflow of contemporary design, a collection of strategies, methods, tools and prototypic models is being developed. The research aims to analyze and rethink logics of aesthetics as well as the design process itself and contribute to the growing community of open source design practitioners and makers in the digital chain.

Andres Sevtsuk
City Form Lab / Andres Sevtsuk, Raul Kalvo

The City Form Lab (CFL) at the Singapore University of Technology & Design focuses on empirical studies of urban design and urban form. Andres Sevtsuk, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Planning at the Singapore University of Technology and Design and also leads the City Form Lab at SUTD. He has developed ground-breaking methods for urban analysis and modelling. Raul Kalvo is an architect, programmer, artist and humanist. At the City Form Lab, Raul has been the project manager for the SUTD Library Pavilion, the Archifest Pavilion, and the World Cities Summit exhibition.

Achim Menges
Moritz Dörstelmann
ICD+ITKE / Achim Menges, Moritz Dörstelmann
Stuttgart, Germany

Achim Menges (Prof. AA Dipl. (Hons), RIBA II, Architect BDA) is a registered architect in Frankfurt and professor at the University of Stuttgart, where he is the founding director of the Institute for Computational Design since 2008. Menges focuses on the development of integral design processes at the intersection of morphogenetic design computation, biomimetic engineering and computer aided manufacturing. Moritz Dörstelmann is a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University since 2011. He researches fibre composite structures and how their application in architecture can expand the architectural design repertoire and increase its performative capacity regarding functional integration and material efficiency.

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Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam
TAB Main Exhibition "Body Building" curators

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