TAB 2019 Installation Programma Competition, curator Gilles Retsin

INSTALLATION PROGRAMME COMPETITION MATERIAL The open two-stage competition challenges participants to develop creative designs for a temporary outdoor installation in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture. The winning submission will be built in August and opened during the TAB Opening Week in September 2019!1st stage submission DEADLINE is November 2nd 2018 The competition site consists of a lively pedestrian green area along one of the busiest streets, connecting the two sides of Tallinn: the harbour and the city centre. The first stage submission deadline is November 2nd, 2018 and second stage submissions are due by January 30th, 2019. TAB 2019 Installation Programme Curator is internationally well known architect and designer Gilles Retsin (KU Leuven alumnus, Master of Architecture).Through the concept of the hut, the Installation Programme Competition aligns with TAB 2019’s main theme “Beauty Matters: The Resurgence of Beauty”. In fact, the topic of beauty is approached through the notion of tectonics and material organisation: the primordial composition of architecture. The installation therefore, should not be perceived as merely a small house or cabin, but more as a physical manifestation of a construction system. At the same time, it should work as an autonomous and vibrant public space that requires no disclaimer in order to be appreciated by visitors and passersby.Q&A can be found here.The Jury panel is composed of: Philippe Block (ETH, Zurich; NCCR, Switzerland), Areti Markopoulou (IAAC, Barcelona) and Mihkel Tüür (KTA, Estonia).Prizes include:
1st prize
€15,000 budget for construction, TAB 2019 Symposium participation, published in TAB 2019 book, TAB2019 PASS
2nd and 3rd prize
TAB 2019 Symposium participation, published in TAB 2019 book, TAB 2019 PASS

The winner and all Second Stage participants will be exhibited at the TAB Installation Programme exhibition and published on TAB 2019 website.

TAB 2019 will take place from September 11 – November 3 2019 
TAB 2019 Opening Week September 11 – 15 2019

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an international architecture and urban planning festival with a diverse programme that promotes architectural culture. TAB encourages synergy between Estonian and foreign architects as well as between architects and the general public by way of creating contacts and exchanging ideas. The core programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium and the Tallinn Vision Competition, all curated by TAB Head Curator, an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition and the Installation Programme. Moreover, the programme is accompanied by a diverse Satellite Programme, that consists of exhibitions, lectures, installations, architectural film projections and other events spread around the city.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale is organised by the Estonian Centre for Architecture.

For more information, please visit TAB 2019 website:

Photo: TAB 2017 Installation (by Gilles Retsin). ©Tõnu Tunnel


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