August 29, 2015

TAB-Lab | R&D exhibition

TAB-Lab | R&D exhibition

9-20 September 2015 | KultuuriKatel, Tallinn – Estonia


SPIN Unit is this year curator for TAB-Lab Research & Development exhibition – #tablab – with the ambition to initiate a collaboration process between universities, professionals and industries to work together for the production of installations and critical works.

Tallinn Architecture Biennale – #TAB15 – is an international architecture and planning forum organised by the Estonian Centre of Architecture. The Biennale continues the tradition of the Nordic-Baltic Architecture Triennale, which began in the 1990’s, in an updated and fresh form.


The exhibition will explore what the next industrial revolution means for architecture and the built environment. TAB-Lab will showcase cutting edge designs and processes. Furthermore, it will open a forum for both creative and critical discussion on the social, political, economic and human dimensions of the current systemic transition.


Results of this cooperation will be exhibited in Kultuurikatel, a magnificent 20th century industrial building in Tallinn harbour also known for being Tarkovsky’s set of Stalker.


TAB-Lab is supported by

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Casagrande Laboratory

The installation at TAB is a contextual fragment of a modular, self-organized urban primary structure ”PARACITY”, which is originally designed for flooding and tsunami-risk areas in South-East Asia and slum restoration. The construction material in the primary structure is laminated wood for the beams and cross-laminated wood for the floors and structural walls.


The wood dimensions and structures are adjusted to meet the site-specific demands, such as earthquake performance, pollution and UV resistance, insects, salt etc. and Paracity don’t burn. The primary structure is a three dimensional platform for the local people to construct their homes, communities and gardens by themselves. In the end, Paracity will always look site-specific. Paracity is a fragment of the Third Generation City – the organic ruin of the industrial city, an organic machine. The Paracity organism can grow from punctual points in existing cities, performing urban acupuncture to the industrially built surrounding human environment.

Read more about Paracity and explore more projects by Casagrande Laboratory 



Our project also explores how during the exceptional events, the exceptional co-exists with the everyday. The images of Maidan clashes, political slogans, and burned cars and buildings appear right next to everything else: selfies, parties, cultural events, etc. Through a number of different visualizations, we explore how the extra-ordinary and ordinary are connected visually (the use of images) and textually (tags).


Over a few days in February 2014, a revolution took place in Kyiv, Ukraine. How was this exceptional event reflected on Instagram? What can visual social media tell us about the experiences of people during social upheavals?

If we look at images of Kyiv published by many global media outlets during the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution, the whole city is reduced to what was taking place on its main square. On Instagram, it looks different. The images of clashes between protesters and the police and political slogans appear next to the images of the typical Instagram subjects. Most people continue their lives. The exceptional co-exists with the everyday. We saw this in the collected images, and we wanted to communicate it in the project.

See more on the project’s page.

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World Without Architect? exposition will allow every visitor to virtually build a simple house, place it in a real neighborhood, customize the properties of the building and finally to print it out on #MassPortal 3D printer right at Kulturi Katel.


Exposition “World Without Architect?” demonstrates how anyone can engage in full architectural cycle from designing to physical production of one’s imagination anywhere in the world.


THE REVERSE GARDEN | Estonian Academy of Arts

Group of architecture students from the Department of Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts have explored parametric modelling techniques and hydroponics, developed it further together with the artists from Ceramic Department and after numerous prototypes, installation of “The Reverse Garden” will be blooming in the heart of Creative Hub. Follow the construction process.


The concept of growing plants upside down is not just for aesthetic appeal but it helps to reduce the need for human care. It means less worries about fruits getting rotten or pests’ attacks as the plants do not reach the ground.


Watering is easier and with no need for extra support they grow more vigorously. Automated watering system supplies plants with nutrients and humans don’t have to do much but to enjoy the show (and the fruits).

Using hydroponics reduces the overall weight of plants as there is no soil involved! Therefore, custom-made ceramic plant-holders simply hang on metal chains that also serve as a part of the circulatory system. The Reverse Garden combines natural and man-made elements, fluid design with organic beauty of plants, high-tech with low-maintenance, offering visitors a unique multisensory and spatial experience.


SECOND NATURE | TTK University of Applied Sciences

Group of students from Applied Architecture and Environmental Engineering from the Faculty of Architectural and Environmental Engineering (TTK University of Applied Sciences, Estonia) have combined their specialities and interests to provide visitors an insight into the artificial second nature.

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Installation in front of Creative Hub will portray a manmade nature that can grow even only in a bottle. On the other hand, nature will finally conquer even the last bits of deserted urban landscape.


On one hand there are plants mixed with yoghurt and fertilizers growing in bottles showing how they can survive and on the other there is a plant that grows in difficult terrain and who is the first type of vegetation to accommodate the space left free.

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To change the life from one boundary to another is always tricky thing. It is better just to stop and observe. And digest the special atmosphere of new territory and begin to move slowly. And just follow the footsteps instinctively with the new eye. To be patient is the key things. Probably, this is the rule of boundaries…


My urban meditation has been purely a personal, unplanned, unexpected and spontaneous walk between boundaries, cultures, countries, disciplines, minds, feelings and life. I forgot and find my architecture again in more than 1000 kilometers walk.

More about Hüseyin Yanar architecture practice Orpheus North Architects.

To change the life from one boundary to another is always tricky thing. It is better just to stop and observe. And digest the special atmosphere of new territory and begin to move slowly. And just follow the footsteps instinctively with the new eye. To be patient is the key things. Probably, this is the rule of boundaries…



This cooperation project will present a live 3D-printing ceramic session through all the duration of TAB-Lab. Unique 3D printed parts will compose the final installation to showcase and promote the use of ceramics in architecture using methods and technologies of the new industrial revolution.


The use of ceramics in architecture is quite limited. Mostly it’s used as a practical surface finish in sanitary rooms, but also in more delicate interiors if the tiles are made more complex and decorative.


The idea is to use the ceramics 3D-printing machines that Protoinvent has built and produce an installation of ceramic tiles in the Culture Cauldron Hall. Design idea is a system of tiles that organically change their shape and transmit light.


SELF-REPLICATION | T. Lints and R. Vilu

The increasing use of self-replication in artificial systems will vastly expand the design space of our living environment by giving us new impressive possibilities and opportunities. It will also, as all powerful new technologies, bring along new potential problems to consider and avoid. It is well worth (both from the intellectual and from the economic viewpoint) engaging in a deeper discussion about the potential benefits and issues of self-replicating artificial systems, and to start exploring the new possibilities in practice, already now, today.

More about Taivo Lints and the Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies (CCFFT)



A selection of best architecture projects by OFL Architecture.


For the academic year 2015, the design studio HQE-Team (Haute Qualité Environnementale, High Environmental Quality) conducts an experimentation on the «raw material» of the urban space: the ground.

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CITYVISION | Cityvision Lab

Cityvision presents several numerous visionary urban proposals that the Cityvision lab orchestrated over the last five years.  The work features iconic works submitted to international competitions about the city that Cityvision sponsored for Rome, Venice, New York, Rio de Janiero and Beijing.

CONTINUUM | Urban Conservation Platform (UCP)

Our exhibit visualizes our concern about continuity in the digital revolution. The volatility that comes with the ease and accessibility of new digital techniques limits the individual and collective memories that can be embedded within the new build structures. If buildings are only constructed for the lifespan of their builders and for their needs of their time, construction of culture is neglected in the long term. If one is always replaced by the other, there is a loss of common ground. Buildings can always be replaced, but if they inherently aren’t build to last we have to consider to consequences for this in history.


SQUID | BTU Cottbus

Squid is an autonomous robotic system that moves through space with ropes and supported by an overlying construction. This gives the robot better access- and operability for construction sites. This poster describes the current research stage of this robotic system and its possibilities for autonomous building.

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SHORTLISTED ENTRIES | Next Helsinki competition

The Next Helsinki is an international competition seeking for innovative ideas to the improvement of the cultural and public space of Helsinki.

PRO HELSINKI 2.0 | Urban Helsinki

Pro Helsinki 2.0 is an unofficial comprehensive city plan for Helsinki. It has been designed by the voluntary working group Urban Helsinki as an alternative for Helsinki’s official draft 2050 city plan.

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MOLD |Mark Grimitliht and Ahti Sepsivart

We believe that we run the processes of the city. This is actually an illusion.

A city is connected to an ancient and large system, the Earth. The leading component of this system is mold. The mold fungi connect the entire Earth into one unified bodyment. A city is joined into this system. A city is materially dependent of this system. A city is run by mold, not by man. A city is in the hold of this organism. Mold starts the city and keeps it going, not man. Mold is the initiator of all the processes in the city, and also the finisher. Mold runs the material circulation of the city. 


For all we know reality might be a mare form of hallucination. Dreamlike visions of the world have proven to be progressive because they have led to new ideas of existence. The machine is here to test the human being and the whole mankind if anything.

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DEUS EX MACHINA | Oskar Gudéhn

In whatever digitally super-enhanced future we are rushing into, we are prone to find out just how strong and broken we are at once. Your findings might be disturbing, a risk and source of terror, but are you not curious?

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