TAB 2017 Installation Programme

TAB 2017 Installation Programme is offering emerging architectural talent the opportunity to design and build an experimental wooden folly in the heart of Tallinn.

The international open two-stage competition is challenging participants to develop creative designs for a  temporary outdoor installation, making innovative use of the fabrication capacities with the Estonian wooden house manufacturers. The aim is to promote synergy between emerging designers and industry.

Curators of the TAB 2017 Installation Programme, architects Sille Pihlak and Siim Tuksam(part.archi) say that the installation should be driven by TAB 2017 main topic of bio-technology in architecture and urban design: “We are looking for visionary models using principles of biological self-organization, computational material logic and the embodied algorithms of the future of the bio-city for the TAB Installation Programme.” As the chief curator of TAB17 Claudia Pasquero explained: “The convergence of biotechnology and IT, applied to landscape and urban design is one of the more promising future developments for our civilization.” TAB 2017 will provide a showcase for the most interesting emergent actors in the field.

The folly will be built in August 2017 in front of the Estonian Museum of Architecture in Tallinn, on an all-grass area, with a flat area of 17x17m on top of a slightly elevated area. Penetrative foundations cannot be used on the site; the folly can have a maximum height of 5m and should have a lifespan of at least 23 months. Participants are asked to use local sustainable material – timber – and winners have a chance to co-produce it with local timber industry, where there is machinery available for lam-wood, 5 axis CNC milling for timber or planar surfaces, lasering, etc. The use of local industrial CNC capabilities is encouraged.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017 Installation Programme Folly Competition