Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022
Installation Programme Competition
The Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022 (TAB 2022) tab.ee, which takes place from September 7th – October 31st, 2022 (Opening Week: September 7th – 11th, 2022), has presented its Installation Programme Competition “Slowbuilding”.
The open two-stage competition – with a first stage submission deadline on April 22nd, 2021 and second stage deadline on September 10th, 202– ) challenges participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation in the heart of Tallinn. Located in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture, and housed in one of Tallinn’s most outstanding examples of industrial architecture, the site consists of a lively pedestrian green area along one of the busiest streets, connecting the two sides of the city: the harbour and the centre.
Through the concept of slowness, the Installation Programme Competition aligns with TAB 2022’s main theme “Edible. Or, the Architecture of Metabolism”. The Slow Food movement emerged as a response to industrialized “fast” food production – one that recognized the need to preserve traditional and regional styles, enable local food production, limit loss of material diversity, fuel local economies and focus on human nourishment rather than crop yield. As architectural design services and the construction of buildings are increasingly automated, capitalized, globalized, and standardized, the goals of the Slow Food movement are as applicable to the production of space and shelter as they are to food.
The Installation Programme Competition curatorial team (Gwyllim Jahn, Cameron Newnham, Soomeen Hahm and Igor Pantic) explain: “As a counterpoint to the prevailing trends towards high-speed industrialized construction, the competition invites participants to explore the relationship between digital technology and slowness. A useful framework for developing not only alternative means of food production but also design and construction, slowness emerges in a world of finite physical resources and exponentially increasing computational capacity.”