The International Architecture Schools’ Exhibition “N+1 Methods” of TAB 2013 presents 15 renowned architecture schools from all over the world in Tallinn’s Linnahall – a grand Soviet era concert hall that has been closed for the public for many years.
With support from EMBASSY IRELAND | Estonia, the work of CCAE: Cork School of Architecture’s ‘ISTANBUL City as Palimpsest’ exhibition will form part of the TAB Architecture Schools Exhibition. ‘ISTANBUL City as Palimpsest’ is comprised of work by the CCAE M.Arch. Graduates 2012.
N+1 Methods introduces a variety of methods for analysing, questioning and creating space from the pragmatic and practical to the utopian and visionary. Attention is shifted from architecture as a matter of fact to architecture as a process of critical thinking. Space is approached on the basis of perceptional experiences as well as with the aid of mathematical equations, making use of robot technology and relying on the traditional drafting table. When various different approaches are combined, compared and contrasted, the amount of spatial possibilities is endless.
The Schools’ Exhibition raises a critical question: how might different methods of approach function in the context of recycling the historical Soviet-era space?
Students who participate today are the professional architects of tomorrow. Most of them have not experienced the Soviet era first-hand but only know its echoes. Therefore for many of them, Soviet spaces are not necessarily politically charged. It provides them with freedom to see the modernist spaces of the past free from emotions.
The Schools’ Exhibition is a meeting place for fresh architectural ideas at the Linnahall: in a space that very much needs a new vision. Perhaps a new idea will be found from among the exhibits with the help of which the Linnahall can be given a new future?
The exhibition will be opened in the foyer of Tallinn’s Linnahall on 4 September at 8 pm and will remain open until the end of September daily from noon to 7 pm. During the Biennale, discussions will be held among students and lecturers along with photographing expeditions into the lost rooms of the Linnahall.
Tallinn Architecture Biennale is an architecture and urban planning forum that brings together theory and practice, experience and innovation in order to spark fruitful discussion. This year’s biennale is curated by b210, a team of young architects including Karin Tõugu, Kadri Klementi, Aet Ader, Kaidi Õis and Mari Hunt, and organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture.
The topic of TAB 2013 – Recycling Socialism – focuses on the following questions: What is there to recycle from the spaces, structures, projects, ideas, concepts and materials of socialist architecture? What is there to recycle for today’s life and new utopias of the future?
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