Time: September – October 2022, with the opening week on the 7th–11th of September.
Dedicated to the theme “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism”, Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2022 curated by Lydia Kallipoliti (Greek/ USA) and Areti Markopoulou (Greek/ Spain), in collaboration with local advisor Ivan Sergejev and assistant curator Sonia Sobrino Ralston, aims to empower architects, planners, and environmental designers to take a proactive stance on architecture’s expressive capacity to perform circular operations, to generate resources – food and energy – and to self-decompose.
Addressing both architects and the general public, the TAB 2022 Official Programme consists of five main events: a Curatorial Exhibition, a Symposium, a Vision Competition Exhibition, an Installation Programme and an International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition. TAB 2022 will be accompanied by a Satellite Programme including various exhibitions, concerts, family events and much more.
Curators Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou invite audiences to reflect on food and architecture:
With “Edible; Or, The Architecture of Metabolism”, we wish to question the extractive, consumptive and contaminating nature of the built environment and envision an architecture that produces resources, digests its waste and self-decomposes. Amidst the current crisis of public health, climate change and social inequality, it becomes evident that the fragility of our supply chains urges new forms of local sourcing and production. TAB 2022 addresses “where our food comes from” as a creative design problem and raises questions on the aesthetic, cultural and experiential qualities of spaces as productive environments throughout their full lifecycles.
Entitled “EDIBLE”, the main objective of the Curatorial Exhibition is to reimagine planetary food systems along with architecture’s capacity to perform metabolic processes. The selected projects explore the principles of kinship, interspecies alliances, circularity, and localisation. From new breeding practices, to farming food waste, to synthetic growth and degrowth, the curatorial theme aims to generate new visions and to raise critical questions surrounding the rituals, practices and architectures that can emerge from the networks of food production, consumption, distribution, and decay.
During the Opening Week at the Cultural Hub of Tallinn, TAB will hold a two-day “EDIBLE” Symposium, which aims to generate genuine interdisciplinary debates. Participating speakers come from fields ranging from architecture to design, from textile technologies to economy. The list of key speakers includes Beatriz Colomina, EFFEKT architects and Andrés Jaque (Office for Political Innovation).
See the full programme & participants.
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