TAB 2022 aims to empower architects, planners, and environmental designers to take a proactive stance on architecture’s expressive capacity to perform circular operations, to generate resources – food and energy – and to self-decompose
The 6th Tallinn Architecture Biennale will open its doors on September 7th, 2022 in multiple venues in the heart of Tallinn, Estonia with a vast programme conceived to foster dialogue, multidisciplinarity and experimentation.
This year's biennale is themed as “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism” and the international architecture festival organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture is curated by Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou, in collaboration with local advisor Ivan Sergejev and assistant curator Sonia Sobrino Ralston.
TAB 2022 aims to empower architects, planners, and environmental designers to take a proactive stance on architecture’s expressive capacity to perform circular operations, to generate resources – food and energy – and to self-decompose.
Addressing both architects and the general public, the TAB 2022 Official Programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a 2-days Symposium, a Vision Competition Exhibition, an Installation Programme and an International Architecture Schools' Exhibition.
TAB 2022 will be accompanied by a Satellite Programme including various exhibitions, concerts, family events and much more.
Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism
"Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism" transfers the metabolism and experiential aptitudes of the natural world – like growth, decay, digestion, and nutrient release – to the domain of cities and buildings.
"With “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism”, we wish to question the extractive, consumptive and contaminating nature of the built environment and envision an architecture that produces resources, digests its waste and self-decomposes. Amidst the current crisis of public health, climate change and social inequality, it becomes evident that the fragility of our supply chains urges new forms of local sourcing and production," said curators Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou who invite audiences to reflect on food and architecture.
The Archaeology of Architecture and Food Systems displays an archive of radical, speculative projects that architects and artists have envisioned throughout the twentieth century. By Lydia Kallipoliti, Sonia Ralston and Sanjana Lahiri.
Finally, the Future Food Deal is an open library that exhibits manuals, cookbooks, as well as visionary drawings and manifestos, on how architecture may respond to the problem of alienation between people and their sources of food provisions in a time of increasing urbanization. Among the participants are Carlo Ratti, MIT Senseable City Lab; Vicente Guallart and Alex Hadley, IAAC; Winy Maas, TU Delft/The Why Factory; Enric Ruiz Geli and Aaron Betsky, Virginia Tech; Anna Puijaner, MAIO/Columbia University GSAPP.
During the Opening Week at the Cultural Hub of Tallinn, TAB will hold a two-day “EDIBLE” Symposium, which aims to generate genuine interdisciplinary debates. Participating speakers come from fields ranging from architecture to design, from textile technologies to economy. The list of key speakers includes Beatriz Colomina, Claudia Pasquero (ecoLogicStudio), Philippe Rahm (Philippe Rahm architectes), and many more.
Tickets for TAB 2022 are now officially on sale at this link and include different perks. As an international event fostering peaceful and constructive dialogue in architecture, TAB 2022 will offer free passes to Ukrainian architects who wish to participate in the event.