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Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2013 | Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism
Register/Submit: Wednesday, May 01, 2013

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013
Vision Competition: Recycling Socialism

What to do with an ideal idea? Should totality be attacked with totality? Can geometric order be enjoyable to live in? What is there to recycle for today’s life and new utopias of the future?

The TAB 2013 Vision Competition is looking for architectural ideas and methods to envision the future of an iconic circular block-housing district in Tallinn  – Väike-Õismäe (Little Blossom Hill).

Väike-Õismäe differs from other similar neighbourhoods in Tallinn 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.

Bjarke Ingels – BIG, Founding Partner
Endrik Mänd – City of Tallinn, Chief Architect
Inga Raukas – Allianss Arhitektid, Founding Partner

1st place 5,000€
2nd place 2,000€
3rd place 1,000€
+ five honorary mentions

TAB 2013 Vision Competition is an open international architecture competition. The deadline for competition entries: April 30th, 2013.

Evaluation of the competition entries and announcement of the winners' pseudonyms: May 2013.

Exhibition opening and award ceremony: September 7, 2013 as part of the TAB Main Programme.

Questions regarding the vision competition may be submitted to competition@tab.ee. Questions and their replies will be published on the competition's web site.

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