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Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2013 highlighted socialist buildings

Tallinn Architecture Biennale “Recycling Socialism” attracted 6200 visitors to exhibitions and other events during September. Tallinn hosted many well-known contemporary architects and theorists starting with Bjarke Ingels (BIG) as a jury member of the vision competition to the radical Italian architect Pier Vittorio Aureli (Dogma) as an author at the Curators’ Exhibition and speaker of the symposium.

For the first time TAB opened the unique “sprat tin hall” of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the public inspiring other event organizers to use it as well. Also for the first time since many years the doors of Linnahall, the grand soviet concert hall were opened for the architecture schools exhibition. The vision competition of Väike-Õismäe that received more than 80 entries inspired ideas for the development of the district. The exhibition of the vision competition will be opened in Riga already this month.

While dealing with the soviet era architecture TAB aimed to inspire architects, city planners and citizens to look for the best ideas rather than presenting ready-made projects.

Pier Vittorio Aureli considers the meaning of the biennale: "I think that we would not be here discussing these issues and making these projects or even having the Biennale if we did not think that events like this spread certain ideas. Which inevitably also results in building places that are really the actors that at the end produce the city."

The catalogue of Tallinn Architecture Biennale will be published in the end of October and can be ordered from .....

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is grateful to all our supporters: Estonian Culture Endowment, Ministry of Culture, Estonian Union of Architects, City of Tallinn, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Velux Eesti, Carmen Catering, Overall, Puuinfo, Matek, Tallink Hotels, Hals Interiors, Moodne Valgustus, Silman Elekter, Cramo, K-Rauta, Espak, Sapa Profiilid, Akzo Nobel Baltics, Janere, Pagari One, KH Energiakonsult, Europark,
Valge Klaar, Delfi, Säsör OÜ, Mustamäe district administration, Tallinn City planning department, Toftan ja Raitwood.

TAB 2013 main organizer is Estonian Centre of Architecture. B210 architects Aet Ader, Kadri Klementi, Kaidi Õis, and Karin Tõugu curated the Biennale.