9 September - 18 October 2015

9.09 - 18.10 2015











At the heart of the main events programme you’ll find the TAB Symposium – a two-day lively architectural discussion. Its lecture-based schedule boasts with practicing architects, urban planners, thinkers, etc. The colourful palette of concepts culminates at the end of the day with a roundtable discussion.

This year, the Symposium will take on a broader approach, looking at the way space, technology and community intertwine in the context of the third industrial revolution. To complement the theoretical approach to architecture and urban planning, the Symposium will invite the audience to a wider public discussion. Opinion leaders and shapers from the fields of economy, law and technology will take to the stage to illustrate the connections between human-scale environment, economy, technology and the evolution of society. 

The title of this years symposium is "Hyperlocal City" and it takes place on 10th and 11th September in Kultuurikatel.

Videos of the symposium are now published on TAB Youtube channel


DAY 1 (Thursday, September 10th, 2015)

09.00-09.45  Coffee and Registration

09.45-10.15  Opening Remarks
09.45-09.50  Raul Järg (Chairman, Estonian Centre of Architecture)
09.50-10.00  Marten Kaevats (TAB 2015 curator), Ivan Sergejev (Symposium curator)
10.00-10.15  Toomas Hendrik Ilves (President of Estonia)

10.15-13.00  Session 1 - "III / IV Industrial Revolution"
10.15-10.45  1. presentation: Prof. Carlo Ratti (Director, MIT SENSEable City Lab)
10.45-11.15  2. presentation: Seth Lackman (Country Manager for Estonia, Ericsson)
11.15-11.45  3. presentation: Edward Suzuki (Founder, Edward Suzuki Associates)
11.45-12.00  Coffee Break
12.00-13.00  Panel + Q&A: The above speakers + Ralf-Martin Soe, Raul Kalvo (moderated by: Ivan Sergejev)

13.00-14.00  Lunch & Networking

14.00-16.45  Session 2 - "Data"
14.00-14.30  1. presentation: Prof. Lev Manovich (Founder, Software Studies Initiative)
14.30-15.00  2. presentation: Jarmo Eskelinen (Director, European Network of Living Labs)
15.00-15.30  3. presentation: Steven Poole (Author, journalist)
15.30-15.45  Coffee Break
15.45-16.45  Panel + Q&A: The above speakers + Johanna Jõekalda, Jaan Priisalu (moderated by: Damiano Cerrone)

16.45-17.00  Wrap-up of Day 1

DAY 2 (Friday, September 11th, 2015)

09.00-10.00  Coffee and Registration

10.00-13.00  Session 3 - "Mobility"

10.00-10.30  1. presentation: Erki Kõiv (Account manager, Ericsson)
10.30-11.00  2. presentation: Dr. Aly Tawfik (Ass. professor, California State University, Fresno)
11.00-11.30  3. presentation: Steve Diskin (Architect, industrial designer, professor)
11.30-11.45  Coffee Break
11.45-13.00  Panel + Q&A: The above speakers + Toomas Haidak, Mari Jüssi (moderated by: Marten Kaevats)

13.00-14.00  Lunch & Networking

14.00-16.45  Session 4 - "Fabrication"
14.00-14.20  1. presentation: Salome Galjaard (Product and interaction designer, Arup)
14.20-14.40  2. presentation: Igor Siddiqui (Ass. professor, University of Texas, Austin)
14.40-15.00  3. presentation: Moritz Doerstelmann (Ph.D candidate, Stuttgart University)
15.00-15.20  4. presentation: Roland Snooks (Founder, Studio Roland Snooks / Kokkugia)
15.20-15.40  5. presentation: Raul Kalvo (Researcher, City Form Lab)
15.40-15.55  Coffee Break
15.55-16.45  Panel + Q&A: The above speakers (moderated by: Siim Tuksam)

16.45-17.00  Wrap-up of the Symposium

If You would prefer to print out/download the schedule, the PDF version is available here.


By bringing together opinion leaders from diverse fields to discuss the connections between spatial environment, economy, technology and the evolution of society, it will open a public debate about matters that will influence the daily lives of everyone living in the not-so-distant future: How will I move around? Where will energy come from? Where will we find resources to sustainably manage our communities, cities and states? The symposium will attempt to imagine the future of our spatial environment and the role of architecture and planning professionals in its creation. 

Carlo Ratti
Prof. Carlo Ratti
Director, MIT Senseable City Lab. Founding Partner, Carlo Ratti Associati

An architect and engineer by training, Carlo Ratti practices in Italy and teaches at the MIT, where he directs the Senseable City Lab. Ratti has co-authored over 250 publications and holds several patents. His work has been exhibited in several venues worldwide, including the Venice Biennale, MoMA in New York City and MAXXI in Rome. At the 2008 World Expo, his ‘Digital Water Pavilion’ was hailed by Time Magazine as one of the ‘Best Inventions of the Year’. He has been included in Blueprint Magazine's ‘25 People who will Change the World of Design’ and in Wired Magazine’s ‘Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world’. He is curator for the ‘Future Food District’ at Expo Milano 2015.

Presentation title: "The Senseable City"

Seth Lackman
Seth Lackman
Country Manager for Estonia, Ericsson

Seth has worked in Estonia since 1996. Having started his career in Ericsson Finland, Lackman moved to Estonia in the mid-‘90s. He has worked as the head of finance at Ericsson Estonia and is currently acting as sales director in addition to leading the company. Among other things, he is a board member of ITL, Finnish-Estonian Chamber of Commerce and The Estonian Broadband Development Foundation. Seth Lackman has earned his degree in business management from Hanken School of Economics, and has participated in several trainings for senior managers, including a leadership development program at London Business School.

Presentation title: N/A

Edward Suzuki
Edward Suzuki
Founder, Edward Suzuki Associates

Edward Suzuki worked alongside master architect and futurist Buckminster Fuller while attending Harvard on a Fulbright scholarship. Perhaps that is one reason he is a self-proclaimed student of life, regularly contemplating the structure of the atom, the environment, philosophy and the metaphysical. Edward’s bold yet organic architectural designs draw from influences of both East and West, and have taken shape as far away as Kenya and China. He also devised the “EDDi-Pod”, a living space that can be constructed in a day in times of emergency. His work has brought him well over a dozen of major awards in Japan and the US.

Presentation title: "Universal Standard of Design"

Lev Manovich
Dr. Lev Manovich
Professor, The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY). Director, Software Studies Initiative

Dr. Lev Manovich is the author of seven books including Software Takes Command (Bloomsbury Academic, 2013), Soft Cinema: Navigating the Database (The MIT Press, 2005), and The Language of New Media (The MIT Press, 2001) which was described as "the most suggestive and broad ranging media history since Marshall McLuhan." Manovich is a Professor at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a Director of the Software Studies Initiative that works on the analysis and visualization of big visual cultural data. In 2013 he appeared on the List of 25 People Shaping the Future of Design. In 2014 he was included in the list of 50 "most interesting people building the future" (The Verge).

Presentation title: "Selfies, cities, and revolutions: Analyzing urban life using social media"

Jarmo Eskelinen
Jarmo Eskelinen
CEO, Forum Virium Helsinki

Originally educated as an architect, Jarmo Eskelinen is an expert in digital content, smart cities and user driven design. Currently, Jarmo leads Forum Virium Helsinki, an innovation company building digital bridges between people and services, and is also a council member and the former President of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). He has previously held positions as the director of Media Centre Lume in the University of Art & Design Helsinki, the program director of the Helsinki 2000 European Capital of Culture, and the CEO of a successful music, media and event production company PopZoo Promotions, which he founded in 1993, after a career in architecture in the 80’s and early 90’s.

Presentation title: "Challenge of the Smart City - digitalisation and brick walls"

Steven Poole
Steven Poole
Author, journalist

Steven is the author of Unspeak, Trigger Happy, and other books. He is also a columnist, cultural critic, and broadcaster, writing on language, culture, and technology for the Guardian, the Wall Street Journal, the New Statesman, and other publications.

Presentation title: "The Quantified Flâneur: Humans vs the Smart City"

Erki Kõiv
Erki Kõiv
Senior Account Manager, Ericsson

Erki is the senior account manager with Ericsson Estoina. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the Tallinn Technical University in 1993, followed by an MBA from the Estonian Business School in 2003. He has been working in telecommunication for more than 15 years, during which he has worked through multiple generations of mobile technologies and has presented extensively at various conferences. He is passionate about looking for new ways in which technology can enhance the everyday lives of businesses and consumers.

Presentation title: "Mobile 5G – What? Why? When?"

Aly Tawfik
Dr. Aly Tawfik
Assistant professor, Transportation systems engineering, California State University, Fresno

While Dr. Tawfik’s area of expertise includes modeling, simulation and optimization of individual travel behavior and of transportation systems, he has a particular passion for sustainability and the future of transportation. His current research projects on automated transportation systems include driverless cars, shared autonomous vehicles (SAVs), automated transit networks (ATNs), and Hyperloop transportation. Dr. Tawfik serves on a number of local, national and international transportation boards and committees, for example the U.S. Transportation Research Board of the National Academies, and is actively involved with the Institute of Transportation Engineers and the American Society of Civil Engineers.

Presentation title: "The transportation revolution of the 21st century"

Steve Diskin
Steve Diskin

Steve’s professional career in architecture and industrial design began with the architecture firm of Kenzo Tange in Tokyo, the establishment of his studio in Los Angeles, and the design of the HELIX™ clock, now in the permanent collection of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He has been a professor of industrial design at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena for 13 years, a visiting professor at the University of Ljubljana and the Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design in Prague, while also lecturing across Europe, Israel, and Turkey. Since leaving his position as chairman of industrial design at Pratt Institute in New York in 2014, he recently moved to Los Angeles, where he is working on a variety of projects ranging from architecture to writing, and developing an iPhone app destined for the market by the end of 2015.

Presentation title: "A Short Riff on Mobility"

Salome Galjaard
Salome Galjaard
Senior product and interaction designer, Arup Amsterdam

Salomé Galjaard is a senior product and interaction designer in the Amsterdam office of international engineering firm Arup. Her projects have a technical and functional basis but also a very strong focus on design and visual appeal. Salomé’s strength is conceptual creative thinking and uniting specialist knowledge in holistic solutions. In this role, she has worked on a large variety of projects, all over the world, like the stations for the Cityringen metro line in Copenhagen and the lighting for the Sheikh Zayed bridge in Abu Dhabi.
Her latest work is a research project on the application of Additive Manufacturing in metal for the production of structural elements.

Presentation title: "New Opportunities for Optimizing Structural Elements in Metal by using Additive Manufacturing"

Igor Siddiqui
Igor Siddiqui
Principal/Founder, ISSSStudio. Associate professor, University of Texas, Austin

Igor Siddiqui is the principal and founder of ISSSStudio. He is a licensed architect and an Associate Professor with tenure at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Before arriving in Texas in 2009, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania, the California College of the Arts, and Parsons the New School for Design, among others. Frequently, he teaches collaborative architecture studios at École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris-Belleville. In 2014, he co-founded Field Constructs, an international design competition aimed at exploring design innovation in relation to urban landscapes. Before founding ISSSStudio, Igor prcaticed with 1100: Architect and Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates in New York City. He holds an MArch degree from Yale University.

Presentation title: "Made in Texas"

Moritz Dörstelmann
Moritz Dörstelmann
Research Associate / Doctoral Candidate, Institute for Computational Design, Stuttgart University

Moritz Dörstelmann is a Research Associate and Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design at Stuttgart University. Focus of Moritz’s research are computational design and robotic fabrication strategies for fiber composite structures and how their application in architecture can expand the architectural design repertoire and increase its performative capacity. Moritz Dörstelmann worked on several internationally published and exhibited projects. He has been invited studio critic and gave lectures and workshops at various international institutions including the Harvard GSD.

Presentation title: "Fibrous lightweight morphologies. Novel fabrication and design strategies for fiber composites in architecture"

Roland Snooks
Roland Snooks
Partner, Kokkugia. Director, Studio Roland Snooks

Roland Snooks is a partner of the research collaborative Kokkugia, and director of the architecture practice Studio Roland Snooks. He is a senior lecturer in architecture at RMIT University having previously taught widely in the US including at Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Pratt Institute and SCI-Arc. Roland received a PhD from RMIT University, in which his architectural design research is focused on behavioral processes of formation that draw from the logic of swarm intelligence. He holds a masters in advanced architectural design from Columbia University where he studied on a Fulbright scholarship. In addition to his work with algorithmic design Roland directs the Architectural Robotics Lab at RMIT University.

Presentation topic: "Behavioral Composites"

Raul Kalvo
Raul Kalvo
Researcher, City Form Lab

Raul is an architect, programmer, artist and humanist. Prior to joining the City Form Lab, he worked with 3+1 Architects in Tallinn and taught descriptive geometry and computation design at the Estonian Academy of Arts. 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.


Ralf-Martin Soe
Ralf-Martin Soe

Mr Ralf-Martin Soe is a Phd research fellow at Tallinn University of Technology focusing on smart cities. Ralf-Martin Soe is coordinating the H2020 project Finest Twins that aims to establish an EU-wide Smart City Center of Excellence in Tallinn. He has previously worked at the United Nations University and in PwC. Ralf-Martin Soe has two master degrees in public policy and finance (MSc, Maastricht University, and MBA, University of Tartu). He is also a Project Manager for Living Labs at NGO ICT Demo Centre.

Johanna Jõekalda
Johanna Jõekalda

Johanna Jõekalda is a young Estonian architect. Having studied at the Estonian Academy of Arts and the University of Applied Arts Vienna, she’s now back in Estonia. Together with Meri-Kris Jaama they’re working in their research studio Psst! on virtul reality and brain tracking experiments. Human spatial perception is also the research topic of her master thesis. She has published her writings in various publications, supervised the students of the Estonian Academy of Arts and participated in international exhibitions – multiple Venice Architecture Biennales among others. At the last Biennale she cocurated the Estonian pavilion „Interspace“ that speculated on the spatial consequences of a data society.

Jaan Piirsalu
Jaan Priisalu

Jaan Priisalu is researcher in Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) and Senior Fellow of NATO CCD COE. His main research interest is critical infrastructure protection and exercises. Educated in TTÜ and Toulouse III (Université Paul Sabatier) in France, he is the former General Director of the Estonian Information System’s Authority, member of the Estonian Information Systems Audit Association, and the co-founder of the Estonian Defense League’s Cyber Unit - an organization that defends the Estonian cyber space and unites voluntary IT-specialists. Jaan has two decades of practical experience in preventing and defending cyber-attacks. Before entering the public sector, he worked at Guardtime, Ühispank, Cybernetica, Hansabank and served as the head of SIRT (Security Incidents Response Team) at Swedbank during the 2007 cyber-attacks.

Toomas Haidak
Toomas Haidak

Toomas Haidak is the head of transport development and investments department at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications. He has graduated economics in University of Tartu and has a masters degree in urban governance from Tallinn University. In the ministry he has lead the composing of the Estonian Marine Politics 2012-2020 and the development plan of Transportation 2014-2020. He is responsible for sustainable mobility, that is promoting public transport, cycling and walking.

Mari Jüssi
Mari Jüssi

Mari Jüssi is a senior expert at the Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre, an international think-tank where she has been working on sustainable transport policies and environmental impact issues since 1998. Mari’s main interests lie in decreasing car-dependence through promoting liveable, walkable and bikeable cities, and urban transport planning. She has been involved in several non-governmental organisations from grassroots level to the Board of the European Federation for Transport and Environment, working on transport policy analyses and awareness raising projects. She has been advising both the national and local governments on sustainable transport and energy policies.

Entry with TAB pass or ticket at the door (one day €15, two days €25). 

Additional information

Ivan Sergejev
Curator of the TAB 2015 Symposium