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Thursday, October 14, 2021

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Officials from the Tallinn Architecture Biennale were recently reported to have selected the winning installation for the 2022 competition.

The Estonian Centre for Architecture had announced last year that the sixth edition of the international cultural event had been postponed to 2022, like the Venice Architecture Biennale, due to the uncertain severity of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Despite these obstacles, the Centre progressed with its theme, “Edible. Or, the Architecture of Metabolism,” highlighting the relationship between the natural world and the domain of cities and buildings.

According to curators, the main objective of the competition was 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.

In addition, the curators wanted to “nourish local craftsmanship, better utilize available materials, respond to environments over long time scales and enhance bespoke design expression.”


Taking the win for the 2022 competition is Australian duo Simulaa and Natalie Alima, who created an installation made of mushrooms inspired by the archetypal hut.

The selected head curators were architects Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou, in collaboration with co-curator Ivan Sergejev, who according to the organizers “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.”

Using a 3D-printed base made from waste materials from local timber industries and a biodegradable polymer, the structure, called "Burlasite," is slated to be taken over by mycelia over time, having been “injected” with mushroom fibers, in its final form.

The designers report that the installation highlights the repurpose and reuse of local materials and how humans can create sustainable designs with invention and environmental adaptation.

“This project curates an uneasy alliance between biological transformations and the performance of a generative algorithm,” said Simulaa and Natalie Alima. “Through this measured process, the project seeks to heighten this state of flux, expressed in the object’s material decay that is in tension between emerging and eroding form.”

The Tallinn Architecture Biennale will open to the public on Sept. 7, 2022, and the installation will be on display until 2024 in front of the Museum of Estonian Architecture.

Venice Biennale

In a live-streamed press conference held in April, La Biennale di Venezia announced that the 17th International Architecture Exhibition (which was Venice’s Biennale Architettura 2020) would open to the public from Saturday, May 22, through Sunday, Nov. 21, at the Giardini, the Arsenale and Forte Marghera.

The theme of this year’s event, curated by Hashim Sarkis, is, “How will we live together?”

The event was postponed an entire year last May; consequently, at that same time, the 59th International Art Exhibition, curated by Cecilia Alemani, which was to take place this year, was postponed to 2022. It will now be held April 23–Nov. 27, 2022.

Initially, at the beginning of March of last year, the event was posted from May 23–Nov. 29 to Aug. 29–Nov. 29 in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In total, the event will bring together 114 designers and architecture firms from 46 countries that will be laid out in a series of different themes, focusing on topics that range from technology and political to the human body and global systems.

Chicago architects Paul Andersen and Paul Preissner were selected as the curators for the United States Pavilion at the Biennale.


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