TAB 2015 announces Vision Competition “Epicentre of Tallinn”

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Tallinn’s central traffic junction, the Viru intersection, was chosen as 
the test site. The vision competition seeks answers to the questions how driverless cars will alter the cityscape and the public space, and what will be the idea of the new public space.

The curator of the vision competition Alvin Järving says, that Viru Square is especially suitable for the competition, being the epicentre of Tallinn where historic, current and future fields of action meet – the medieval Old Town, the old industrial quarter of Rotermann, the Soviet modernist hotel Viru and contemporary architecture: "Today the square is cut off from the city space, it is just traffic area – but what could be done with the Viru Square in the future when the cars will drive without a driver?" The technological change gives the junction a chance to become a city square once again. The TAB Vision Competition wants to rethink the Viru intersection both on the functional as well as symbolic level. Architects should rearrange traffic and plan new functions but also create a symbolic focal point of the self-driving city and a real space.

TAB Tallinn vision competition is organised in cooperation by the Estonian Centre of Architecture and Tallinn City. It invites architects, landscape architects, urbanists and students from all those fields to propose ideas and methods about how to improve the quality of public space in one of the hotspots of Tallinn. TAB Tallinn vision competition is curated by Arhitekt Must.

The jury, consisting of director and founder of MVRDV Winy Maas, Tallinn City Architect Endrik Mänd and Villem Tomiste from the Union of Estonian Architects will judge the entries to the competition. The works will be presented at the exhibition in the atrium of Viru Keskus shopping centre from 9th September to 4th October and as a digital mapping at Viru Square – the actual object and venue of the competition. The winning entries are awarded with monetary prizes.

The Competition Brief can be downloaded from here.

Additional info: competition@arhitektmust.ee

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