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Tallinn Vision Competition. Re-metabolizing Paljassaare

The aim of the Vision Competition is to engage the peculiar relationship found between the artificial infrastructure of Tallinn, including its vast soviet heritage, and its coastal landscape. The Paljassaare Peninsula provides a typical case study of the emergent friction between land and sea, development and conservation, wastewater treatment infrastructure and protected ornithological park.
Tallinn Vision Competition, “Re-metabolizing Paljassaare”, challenges participants to simulate a new urban morphogenesis, informed by international networks, including distributed economies of production, as well as local specificities, such as the protection of migrating birds.
How do we design a new territory of synthesis between large scale infrastructure and local ecology? Can we use digital or analogue simulations to convert dry data maps into morphogenetic processes, a new spatial language to define this emergent urban landscape?
Tallinn Vision Competition calls for new scenarios to be explored as simulations of potential future coexistence. Proposals should be in the form of short videos. All kinds of simulation methods are welcome from the most abstract digital computation to analogue material experiments.

A specific set of data is provided upon filling in a free-of-charge Registration Form and participants are invited to engage with this information as starting point for their simulations.
Download the Brief

Submitting Questions
Competition participants may submit relevant questions to the e-mail address vision@tab.ee.

Deadline for submission of competition entries is:
25th of April 2017

Selected winners will be announced by the end of May 2017 and will be invited to take part with their submissions to the Curator Exhibition and will be invited to the Symposium in September 2017.

First Prize: 4.000 € + Five honorable mentions
Second Prize: 2.000 €
Third Prize: 1.000 €

All submitted projects will be exhibited as part of TAB 2017 Bio-Tallinn.

Rachel Armstrong, Newcastle University
Liam Young, SCI-Arc
Claudia Pasquero, Bartlett UCL / ecoLogicStudio
Veronika Valk, Estonian Academy of Arts
Toomas Tammis, Estonian Academy of Arts

Competition Site
The Paljassaare Peninsula

The Paljassaare Peninsula, located in the northern district of Tallinn, is characterized by a rich variety of trans-scalar dynamic systems; it is constituted by productive infrastructures as well as defensive artifacts which co-exist, at times as segregated environments, in other occasions as overlapping landscapes. This part of the city of Tallinn represents a prototypical case study of a landscape that is at once rich in biodiversity and heavily anthropic. As such it is currently shaped by two forms of conservative ideology: environmentalism that strives to maintain the site as it is in a state of illusionary wilderness, and commercial development that envisions its transformation into an ideal green city.

Participants are invited to deal with the Paljassaare Peninsula through any of the following different interpolated territorial and material scales:
Baltic Region
City Region
Peninsula Region
Architectural Scale
Material Scale / Micro landscape

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At a conference, taking place in Tallinn on April 21-22, architecture’s turn to nature and data will be explored from political and historical perspectives. Keynote speakers are Matthew Gandy and Douglas Spencer from the UK. The conference is organised by the
Faculty of Architecture, Estonian Academy of Arts, Estonia in cooperation with the Department of Geography, Cambridge University, UK. The event is open to the public.


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