TAB 2015 Tallinn Vision Competition “Epicentre of Tallinn”

Submission: May 29, 2015
Registration May 29, 2015
Language: English, Estonian
Location Tallinn, Estonia
Prizes1st €4,000, 2nd €2,000, 3rd €1,000


Tallinn Architecture Biennale has announced the vision competition “Epicentre of Tallinn” to find a design solution for intersections in the future, when only self-driving cars will drive on the city streets. The international one-stage architecture competition invites entries by the end of May.

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.

It is an open international one-stage vision competition. It is open to all architects and students of architecture. Jury members and their family, relatives and business partners are not eligible to participate.


Deadline for submission of competition entries: 29 May 2015
Announcement of the pseudonyms
of winning entries: 10 August 2015
Award ceremony: 10 September 2015
Exhibition of competition entries: 10 to 30 September 2015
Online catalogue of competition entries:
available from 10 June 2015
Presentation of the TAB catalogue: 11 September 2015
Members of the Jury: Winy Maas, Endrik Mänd, Villem Tomiste
1st Prize – €4,000
2nd Prize – €2,000
3rd Prize – €1,000
+ five honorary mentions
A separate prize will be given to the people’s choice.
The jury has the right to reduce or increase the number of entries subject to honorary mention.
The competition is anonymous. The competition language is English. Competition entries shall be submitted in a single sealed envelope with no recognisable markings. The package of the competition entry shall be signed “TAB 15 vision competition”. The
package must contain:
– Competition entry: maximum of two A1 (portrait, width 594mm, height 840mm) panels mounted on solid cardboard, KAPA, PVC etc.
– An abstract: a summary of the concept, maximum one A4 sheet.
– CD with a digital version of the vision competition entry. The CD shall include the panels of the competition entry in PDF format in two versions: a printable version for reprinting the work (300 dpi), and a smaller version to view on screen (72 dpi). Additionally, the CD shall include the short written description in PDF or DOC format.
– One closed opaque envelope labelled “name card” and the pseudonym of the competition entry marked on the envelope. The envelope shall contain the names and contact information of the authors behind the pseudonym, their E-mail addresses, phone numbers and, if applicable, the names of copyright owners.
– The boards, the CD and the description must be labelled with the
pseudonym of the competition entry.
– It is the authors’ responsibility to ensure the anonymity of the entry.
The participant is asked to define the mobility solution, use of space, pavements, landscaping, seating and activity possibilities in Viru Square urban space as well as to suggest solutions for the street furniture if appropriate. Additional propositions related
to the “Self-Driven City” may also be presented. The written explanation, drawings (such as plans), diagrams and 3D visualizations of the proposal should be presented as clearly as possible. The scale of the drawings and schemes may be chosen freely (subject to the objective of the proposal).


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