Estonian Centre for Architecture has announced “Edible. Or, the Architecture of Metabolism” as the topic for the next Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2022. The winning proposal was selected from the international Curatorial Call for the 6th installment of the biggest architecture event in the region. The selected Head Curators are architects Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou in collaboration with Co-Curator Ivan Sergejev.
TAB 2022 winning proposal “Edible” transfers the metabolism and experiential aptitudes of the natural world to the domain of cities and buildings. The main objective of the proposed curatorial exhibition is to revise and reimagine the logic of circular economy and the ways in which it migrates to the fields of design, architecture and the production of urban environments. The curators aim to empower architects, planners and environmental practitioners to develop a proactive stance on architecture’s expressive capacity to perform circular operations, to produce resources – generate food and energy- as well as to decompose itself.
“Edible” works around the notion of ”food” that will be approached both literally and metaphorically; on the one hand exploring architectural strategies of local food production and self-sufficiency and on the other hand, integrating operations that use by-products of urban life into the built environment, replacing traditional linear systems of “make, use and dispose” with circular models that limit material and resource loss.
Lydia Kallipoliti is an architect, engineer and scholar and an Assistant Professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union in New York. She holds a Diploma in Architecture and Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece, an SMArchS in design and building technology from M.I.T, as well as a Master of Arts and a PhD from Princeton University. She is the author of The Architecture of Closed Worlds (2018). Areti Markopoulou is a Greek PhD architect, researcher and urban technologist working at the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. She is the Academic Director at IAAC in Barcelona, and she leads the Advanced Architecture Group, a multidisciplinary research group exploring how design and science can positively impact and transform the present and future of our built environment. Local Co-Curator Ivan Sergejev is an architect, Fulbright scholar and expert on cultural rejuvenation, currently serving as the head of sustainable construction at the Republic of Estonia Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications
The TAB 2022 Curatorial Call winning proposal was selected out of 26 submissions. The two second prizes were entitled to projects “Adaptive Reuse” (curatorial team Kaija – Luisa Kurik, Ewa Effiom, Keiti Kljavin and Martina Schwab) and “Home” (curatorial team Eerika Alev, Eva Kedelauk, Kristel Niisuke, Kristiina Way, Margus Tamm).
The next edition TAB 2022 will take place September- October 2022, with the opening week in September.