TAB Symposium EDIBLE
Edible is an international 2-day Symposium, seeking to generate a profound debate on the intersections of architecture, food systems, and regenerative design.
The Symposium brings together prominent architects and theorists with environmental philosophers, scientists and entrepreneurs to discuss topics including The Farm and the City, Interspecies Alliances, From Waste to Matter, Slow Buildings and Circular Blocks, among others.
From architecture that makes food, to architecture that is eaten away, participants will be called to participate in a lively curated conversation on designing the lifecycles of our built environment, as well as new principles of inhabitation in urban environments.
Keyspeakers include Beatriz Colomina, Philippe Rahm, and Claudia Pasquero, among others.
TAB 2022 Symposium is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund. The main goals of the conference is to bring together architecture community, to learn, to exchange ideas and to inspire.
Thursday, September 8
09.30 – 10:00 PARTICIPANTS REGISTRATION
10:00 – 10:30 WELCOME / INTRODUCTION
Raul Järg, Chairman of the Estonian Centre for Architecture
Lydia Kallipoliti’s & Areti Markopoulou’s Introduction to Edible
10:30 – 12:00 KEYNOTE PANEL
Round Table Discussion with Claudia Pasquero (EcoLogicStudio) and Philippe Rahm (Philippe Rahm Architects) moderated by Evelyn Steiner.
12:00 – 13:00 CIRCULAR BLOCK / REINVENTING THE MICRORAYON
Round table discussion with Maria Derlõš, Kaidi Põldoja, Sonia Ralston, Lydia Kallipoliti, Areti Markopoulou moderated by Ivan Sergejev.
13:00 – 14:00 LUNCH BREAK / OPENING CIRCULAR BLOCK EXHIBITION
14:00 – 15:30 ARCHITECTURE THAT MAKES FOOD
Round table discussion with Alexandre Dubor & Cristian Rizzuti (IAAC), Damiano Cerrone (Spin Unit), Andreas Theodoridis & Christina Ciardullo moderated by Sofia Krimizi (KSE Studio).
15:30 – 17:00 ARCHITECTURE THAT IS EATEN AWAY
Round table discussion with Lola Ben Alon and Sharon Yavo Ayalon, Evangelos and Iasonas Pantazis (Topotheque), Kearon Roy Taylor (Lateral Office) and Robert Charles Johnson (Fatconomy) moderated by Chris Perry & Cathryn Dwyre.
17.00 – 17:15 CLOSING REMARKS: LYDIA KALLIPOLITI & ARETI MARKOPOULOU
Friday, September 9
09:30 – 10:00 PARTICIPANTS REGISTRATION
10:00 – 10:15 HOW AI WILL REVULOTIONISE THE A&D INDUSTRY?
Ander Sõõrumaa (OCCO)
10:15 – 11.00 CASE STUDY: TAB 2022 INSTALLATION „FUNGIBLE NON FUNGIBLE“
Shaun McCallum (iheartblob) presentation
Followed by discussion with Andres Kangur (Thermory)
Moderated by Ivan Sergejev.
11:00 – 12:30 FROM WASTE TO MATTER
Round table discussion with Allison Dring (Made of Air), Siim Karro (Myceen), Chiara Farinea (Advanced Architecture Group, IAAC) and Annika Kaldoja & Kärt Ojavee moderated by Sofia Vyzoviti.
12:30 – 13:30 LUNCH BREAK / SCHOOLS EXHIBITION OPENING at Estonian Contemporary Art Museum
13:30 – 15:00 FARM & THE CITY
Round table discussion with Philip Maughan & Andrea Provenzano (Black Almanac), Johan Tali, and Epp Lankots moderated by Sonia Ralston.
15:00 – 16:30 FARM & THE SPECIES
Round Table Discussion with Jonathan Minchin (Ecological Interactions, Green Fab Lab), Mitchell Joachim (Terreform One), Pedro Gadahno, Sille Pihlak & Siim Tuksam (PART) moderated by Mathilde Marengo.
16:45 – 17:45 KEYNOTE LECTURE “THE WEAK BODY OF ARCHITECTURE”
17:45 – 18:00 CLOSING REMARKS by Lydia Kallipoliti & Areti Markopoulou
Sharon Yavo Ayalon
Sharon Yavo Ayalon is an architect, artist, curator, and researcher. She currently teaches at Columbia GSAPP and serves as a Postdoctoral Associate at Cornell Tech. Her research focuses on visualizations and simulations to achieve social impact in planning. Currently, she has mapped NYC social distancing stories through interactive maps that aggregate people’s stories about living in the city during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Lola Ben Alon
Lola Ben-Alon, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Columbia GSAPP, where she directs the Natural Materials Lab and the Building Science and Technology curriculum. She specializes in natural earth- and bio-based building materials and construction methods. At the Technion, Ben-Alon co-founded art.espionage. She also served as a curator and content developer at the Madatech. She serves on the board of ACSA’s Technology | Architecture + Design, and Elsevier’s Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews.
Greece / United States
Christina Ciardullo (AIA) is a Senior Architect, partner and founder of the space architecture firm SEArch+ and PhD Researcher at the Yale Center for Ecosystems in Architecture. With an undergraduate background in astronomy and philosophy, and a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, Christina bridges a career between practice and research at the intersection of the natural sciences and the built environment, designing for a sustainable future for Earth and Space.
Estonia / Finland
Damiano Cerrone is co-founder of SPIN Unit, a research and innovation practice based in Tallinn with an open lab in Helsinki. At SPIN, he works on the lab’s three core initiatives, making data meaningful, innovating interactions, and advancing urban education. Cerrone also has an expert role at TalTech FinEst Center for Smart Cities. Cerrone focused his academic research on studying the relationship between urban biodiversity and autoimmune diseases in early childhood and urban analytics.
Beatriz Colomina is the Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture and the co-director of the Media and Modernity program at Princeton University. She writes and curates on questions of design, art, sexuality and media. She has curated a number of exhibitions and has written several books. In 2016 she was co-curator of the 3rd Istanbul Design Biennial. Her latest books are X-Ray Architecture (Lars Muller, 2019) and Radical Pedagogies (MIT, 2022).
Lasnaidee / Linnalabor
Maria Derlõs is a community activist in Lasnamäe, the largest housing estate in Estonia. She is the leader of Lasnaidee, a non-profit organisation that unites local enthusiasts to develop their own neighbourhood through citizen participation. She stands in community activism with one leg and is engaged in local policy and planning with the other. Maria is also a board member and project manager in Estonian Urban Lab where she deals with the popularization of urban education, the promotion of citizen participation in urban planning, and the enhancement of inclusive city development.
Made of Air
Made of Air is a carbon-negative, climate-positive materials company, transforming waste biomass into high-value, carbon negative, thermoplastic materials for industrial use. Its mission is to reverse climate change.
Made of Air’s materials replace fossil materials and other composites in manufactured products. Composed of carbon sequestered from the atmosphere, the materials permanently remove CO2 and are thermoformed by standard industrial processes to meet multiple building and consumer product applications.
Spain / France
Alexandre Dubor is a researcher currently working at IAAC as Head of the fabrication team. Trained as architect and engineer , he has experience in architectural offices , software development , research and teaching . Since 2012, he has been working at IAAC where he now leads the AAG fabrication team, directs the postgraduate in 3D Printing Architecture and directs the Master in Robotics and Advanced Construction. He is investigating how new advances in material, digital fabrication and computational design could lead to a better construction ecosystem, and toward a more efficient, affordable, sustainable and personalized built environment.
Cathryn Dwyre is Adjunct Associate Professor at Pratt Institute’s School of Architecture and a faculty member at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology at Industry City in Brooklyn. She received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. in philosophy and geology from Colgate University, and is a member of the interdisciplinary research group Inclusive Ecologies at Pratt Institute that brings together faculty from various schools and departments to develop projects and grant proposals that explore the intersection of landscape, ecology and public space.
Chiara Farinea, PhD is an Italian architect and urban planner. Her research is at the intersection between design, biology, digital technologies, and art and focuses on *Design for Living Systems,’ looking at new ways of planning, designing, and fabricating cities that foster multispecies collaborations and mutualistic attitudes. She works currently in the AAG, where she is in charge of research projects and faculty in master courses.
Pedro Gadanho is an architect, curator, and writer. As 2020 Loeb Fellow from Harvard University, he was a curator of contemporary architecture at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Between 2015 and 2019, he was the founding Director of MAAT in Lisbon, where he initiated more than 50 exhibition projects, curating new commissions, as well as major interdisciplinary shows and publications. He has edited the BEYOND bookazine, the Shrapnel Contemporary blog, and contributes regularly to international publications. His latest book is Climax Change! How Architecture Must Transform in the Age of Ecological Emergency (ACTAR, 2022).
Mitchell Joachim, PhD is Co-Founder of Terreform ONE and Associate Professor of Practice at NYU. Formerly, he was an architect at the offices of Frank Gehry and I.M. Pei. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and fellowships with TED, Moshe Safdie, and the Martin Society for Sustainability at MIT. He was chosen by Wired magazine for “The Smart List” and selected by Rolling Stone for “The 100 People Who Are Changing America.” His design work has been exhibited at MoMA and the Venice Biennale.
Robert Charles Johnson
Robert Johnson is a British designer and founder of Studio Ficta, a creative start-up fusing film, interactive design, and research across anthropological, ecological, and social contexts. Johnson’s projects create alternative narratives using fictional writing as a design research tool; his stories highlight issues of social attitudes towards labour, materials, and waste in the circular economy. Using a specific approach to researching holistic systems he explores cross-collaborative methods for human innovation from unexpected corners of society. In 2020, his project Fatconomy presented fat as a valuable resource in urban society, illustrating the potential of discarded fats for the economy, material innovation and urban planning.
Estonian Centre for Architecture
Raul Järg is the Chairman of the Estonian Centre for Architecture. He graduated in 2001 from Estonian Academy of Arts architecture and urban planning department, did his internship at the Parkin Architects in Toronto, Canada from 2005 to 2007, was the City Architect of Rakvere in Estonia from 2008 to 2012 and worked in Ühinenud Arhitektid office in Tallinn.
Annika Kaldoja is a designer and an interior architect, having experience in various design disciplines and working in both product and spatial design. She works at Studio Aine a materials design and development studio based in Tallinn, Estonia, whose research is focused on environmentally sensitive materials, materials awareness, and cross-domain networking. Their aim is to always work with the local context, craftsmanship and materials design with a holistic approach to design possibilities.
Greece / United States
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).
Designer and material researcher Siim Karro is the co-founder of Myceen. In his practice, Siim is interested in exploring ways to transform the human–space relationship into a more sensuous one. Siim believes that through the use of nature’s intelligence and continuous research enhanced by design, it is possible to change the tangible environment more naturally and such that it is perceptually stimulating.
Sofia Krimizi is a Greek architect and a Fulbright scholar. Sofia has worked for various offices including Steven Holl Architects in New York, Ateliers Jean Nouvel in Paris, and Grafeio 405 Aris Zambikos in Athens before founding ksestudio with Kyriakos Kyriakou. She has taught design studios and research seminars at Pratt Institute, the University of Pennsylvania, the Cooper Union, Cornell University, the Bartlett, and KU Leuven. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Architectural Association.
Epp Lankots is an architectural historian and senior research fellow in Estonian Academy of Arts. Her research interests include architecture and material culture under socialism and historiography of modern architecture. She has written on the social differentiation in the Soviet domestic sphere, the mingling of avant-garde and historiographic practices in Soviet architectural historiography. Her present research centers around the ideas of the socialist “leisure society” and how they were mediated into everyday environment during the 1960s and the 1970s. She is the co-editor and co-curator of the award-winning book and the exhibition Leisure Spaces: Holidays and Architecture in 20th century Estonia (Estonian Museum of Architecture, 2020).
Australia / France / Italy
Mathilde Marengo is an architect, with a PhD in Urbanism, whose research focuses on the Contemporary Urban Phenomenon, its integration with technology, and its implications on the future of our planet. Within today’s critical environmental, social and economic framework, she investigates the responsibility of designers in answering these challenges through circular and metabolic design. She is Head of Studies, Faculty and PhD Supervisor at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia’s Advanced Architecture Group (AAG). Mathilde researches, designs and experiments with innovative educational formats based on holistic, multi-disciplinary and multi-scalar design approaches, oriented towards materialization.
Shaun McCallum is a Scottish architectural designer and digital artist whose work investigates the impact of new technologies upon socio-political cultures through ephemeral architectural objects and installations.His projects which explore the accessibility and integration of digital technologies within existing physical structures have received a variety of awards and have been published internationally. As a researcher, Shaun has served as a travel fellow in China investigating the interplay of mystical historical ruins juxtaposed with new consumer lead architectural objects and under occupied mega cities.
Greece / Spain
Areti Markopoulu, Phd is a Greek 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.
United Kingdom / Germany
Philip Maughan is a writer and researcher based between London and Berlin.
United Kingdom / Spain
Jonathan Minchin is a multidisciplinary architectural designer and maker, working between the built environment, digital fabrication with a particular focus on rural contexts. He founded the Green Fab Lab at Valldaura Labs, IAAC Campus in Barcelona in 2013 and is currently the Project Manager of an EU Horizon 2020 program that develops tools for Climate Resilient Agriculture; (ROMI) Robotics for Microfarms.
Kärt Ojavee is an artist, designer, and lecturer. Her work is focused on future concepts of textiles and materials. She experiments with new technologies and traditional textile fabricating techniques, testing the borders of both disciplines.
Evangelos Pantazis is an architect-engineer and founding partner of Topotheque Design Research Studio. His work focuses on complex geometric modelling across different design scales and the development of generative design strategies in conjunction with data driven analysis.
Iasonas Pantazis is an architect and founding partner of Topotheque Design Research Studio. He is the Director of the Digital Fabrication Laboratory of Ioannina and has taught Architectural Technology as a Lecturer at the Polytechnic School of the University of Ioannina, the University of Patras, and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece.
United Kingdom / Austria
Claudia Pasquero is an architect, curator, author and educator; her work and research operates at the intersection of biology, computation and design. She is co-founder of ecoLogicStudio in London, Landscape Architecture Professor at Innsbruck University and Associated Professor at the Bartlett UCL.
Chris Perry is Associate Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Education at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s School of Architecture where he oversees the school’s professional and research graduate programs. He is also Director of the Master of Science in Architecture program at the Center for Architecture, Science and Ecology at Industry City in Brooklyn. Prior to Rensselaer, Perry was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professor at the Yale School of Architecture and held an endowed professorship at Rice University’s School of Architecture. He has also taught at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell University, the University of Toronto, the Architectural Association in London, RMIT in Melbourne, Pratt Institute, Barnard College, and Parsons School of Design. He received a Master of Architecture from Columbia University, for which he also received an Honor Award for Excellence in Design, and a B.A. in philosophy from Colgate University. Prior to becoming a full-time faculty member at Rensselaer, Perry was a Presidential Fellow in MIT’s doctoral program in architectural history, theory, and criticism.
Dr. Sille Pihlak is practicing architect, researcher, tutor, and co-founder of the algorithmic timber architecture research group at the Estonian Academy of Arts. Sille completed her masters in the University of Applied Arts Vienna and practiced as design architect at Morphosis Architects, Los Angeles and Coophimmelb(l)au, Vienna. In 2020, Sille defended her doctoral degree on methodological development of somatic modularity for algorithmic timber architecture.
Italy / Norway
Andrea Provenzano is an Italian visual engineer living in the arctic region of Finnmark.
Kaidi Põldoja is an architect and urban planner who heads the Spatial Planning Competence Centre of the Strategic Management Office of the City of Tallinn. The Spatial Planning Competence Centre is an in-house architecture and urban planning practice of the City of Tallinn that drafts comprehensive plans and spatial visions for the city of Tallinn, designs public space, runs architecture competitions, pushes Tallinn towards becoming a more pedestrian-friendly human-scale city, aims to expand cycling opportunities in Tallinn as well as activates the streetscape of Tallinn with contemporary urban art.
Philippe Rahm Architectes
Switzerland / France
Philippe Rahm is a swiss architect, principal in the office of “Philippe Rahm architectes”, based in Paris, France. His work, which extends the field of architecture from the physiological to the meteorological, has received an international audience in the context of sustainability. He is a tenured associate professor at the National Superior School of Architecture in Versailles, France (ENSA-V).
Sonia Ralston is a Master of Landscape Architecture candidate at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Broadly, her interests lie in how landscape and architecture intersect with political geography, the history of technology, and social movements. Her current projects focus on understanding how modernity and political regimes historically attempted to establish control over landscapes using scientific research campuses.
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.
Italy / Spain
is an interactive media artist working in Barcelona and Rome. Always inspired by science and mathematics, Cristian has focused his personal investigation on the role of human perception and the definition of synesthetic spaces and emotional sounds connected to the body. Being inspired by digital arts, live media and light, Cristian’s works can be described as light sculpture installations.
Evelyn Steiner is an architect and art historian. After completing her master’s degree, she worked from 2012 to 2014 at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum in Frankfurt. From 2014 to 2016 she worked as a curator at the Swiss Architecture Museum in Basel, where she was responsible for several exhibition projects and catalogues. In 2021 she curated the Salon Suisse at the Venice Architecture Biennale on behalf of Pro Helvetia. Today she is a curator at the Zentrum Architektur Zürich.
Ander Sõõrumaa is the Co-Founder and CEO of OCCO, a DesignTech company on a mission to digitalize the furniture industry. Since its inception in 2016, Ander has led OCCO´s digital transformation journey from a turnkey furnishing company into an AI-powered platform for interior architects, which helps the professionals save valuable time on product search and project management. Ander is responsible for the company’s global expansion strategy, business development, product and technology. Today, OCCO has become one of the fastest-growing B2B startups expanding across Europe, with headquarters in Tallinn and Amsterdam.
Johan Tali is an architect, doctoral student, founding member of Molumba, curator of the Open Lectures series in the Estonian Academy of Arts, member of the Unfinished City research group and supervisor of the professional studio.
Kearon Roy Taylor
Kearon Roy Taylor is lecturer at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, & Design at the University of Toronto, where he received his Master of Architecture with the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Student Medal. He received his Honours Bachelor of Arts from McMaster School of the Arts, where he co-founded the media arts platform HAVN. His research interests lie in the political economy of architecture and urbanism as it relates to equity and emerging socio-technical formations.
Greece / United States
Andreas Theodoridis, Ph.D, is a practicing architect-engineer and environmental technologist with a and a research collaborator at the Center for Architecture Ecosystems -CEA- at Yale University. His research is inherently interdisciplinary, merging twenty-five years of experience in building construction and fabrication with applied research on building systems and environmental initiatives on an urban scale. Theodoridis is the founder of UNited Atmospheres, an experimental design practice, and consultancy based between New York and Athens.
Dr. Siim Tuksam is a practicing architect, researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts (EKA) faculty of architecture, and co-founder of PART. He also co-founded the algorithmic timber architecture research group and the Timber Architecture Competence Centre PAKK. He has been developing his practice through exhibitions, installations, writings, and architectural projects. At PART, he’s been devoted to developing algorithmic tools for the design and delivery of prefabricated structures and the critical discourse of digital architecture.
Sofia Vyzoviti is an architect and academic. She received her PhD in design theory and methodology at Delft University of Technology in 2005. Her research focuses on Design Tool Development, the Modeling of Spatial Interaction and Form Generation Processes. In addition to architecture and urban design she produces architectural prototypes and temporary installations. Her goal is to enhance community cohesion and support collective creativity employing design principles from an interdisciplinary field between architecture, urban sociology, anthropology, and artificial intelligence. Sophia is Associate Professor in Architectural Design at the Department of Architecture, University of Thessaly, Greece, and previously taught at the University of Cyprus, National University of Singapore, and Delft University of Technology. Her publications include three books on form-generation methods for architecture and product design: Soft Shells, Supersurfaces, and the best-selling Folding Architecture released by BIS Publishers Amsterdam.