About TAB

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) is the biggest and most important architectural festival in the Baltics addressing relevant issues in architecture and delving into the present and the future of the field. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects, and between architects and the public, by creating contacts and exchanging ideas.

The next edition TAB 2022 will take place September – October 2022, with the opening week on the 7th–11th of September.

TAB 2022 is titled “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” and is curated by Lydia Kallipoliti, Areti Markopoulou in collaboration with Co-Curator Ivan Sergejev.

Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, an SMArchS in design and building technology from M.I.T, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018).

Areti Markopoulou is a Greek PhD architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, and she leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built environment.

Co-Curator Ivan Sergejev is an architect, Fulbright scholar and expert on urban rejuvenation, currently coordinating the development of Estonia’s just transition plan at the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Finance.

TAB 2022 winning proposal “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” transfers the metabolism and experiential aptitudes of the natural world to the domain of cities and buildings. The main objective of the proposed curatorial exhibition is to revise and reimagine the logic of circular economy and the ways in which it migrates to the fields of design, architecture and the production of urban environments. The curators aim to empower architects, planners and environmental practitioners to develop a proactive stance on architecture’s expressive capacity to perform circular operations, to produce resources – generate food and energy- as well as to decompose itself. “Edible” works around the notion of ”food” that will be approached both literally and metaphorically; on the one hand exploring architectural strategies of local food production and self-sufficiency and on the other hand, integrating operations that use by-products of urban life into the built environment, replacing traditional linear systems of “make, use and dispose” with circular models that limit material and resource loss.

The 2022 Biennale will feature Curators’ Exhibition, Vision Competition and a Symposium curated by the Head Curators. TAB will also include numerous side events: Installation Competition, International Schools’ Exhibition, Satellite Programme and Online Programme.

TAB is organised by Estonian Centre for Architecture.

Partners: Estonian Cultural Endowment, Ministry of Culture, Onassis Culture

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