TAB 2019

Conference “Space and Digital Reality”

Space and Digital Reality


Estonian Academy of Arts (Põhja pst 7)/ Main lecture hall A101

On the 11th of September 2019, Estonian Academy of Arts will be hosting an international architecture conference Space and Digital Reality as part of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale TAB 2019 conference programme.

Digital Reality is having a major impact on space and architecture. We ask the participants to research, imagine and speculate about the future of architectural creation, urban development as well as design education.

The world economy and culture have entered the era of the Third Technological Revolution. This revolution is based on digital domain and rapid advances in computing algorithms and autonomous robotics. In 25 years it has totally changed the information, communication, entertainment and surveillance technologies – both in their form as well as content.

Thus, a totally new reality has emerged with its own sovereign essence, structure and will – the Digital Reality. It consists of informational and communicative networks, a complex hierarchy of computational algorithms and the meaning system of its projections on screen.

Within Digital Reality information can create, interpret, mutate and copy itself infinitely. It is increasingly difficult to keep the plentitude of information in the constraints of property rights, including the intellectual property rights. The Digital Reality with its possibilities has shaken the political and public institutions of Modernist liberal democracies.

The keynote speakers of the conference are Mario Carpo, Antoine Picon and Roland Snooks.


8.45 am

Registration and coffee

9 am

Opening Speeches

9.30 am

Keynote: Mario Carpo – The Rise of Computational Brutalism

10.15 am

Questions and coffee

10.30 am

Gilles Retsin – Fresh from the Forest: Raw, Discrete and Fully Automated

10.45 am

Siim Tuksam – Modulated Modularity – from Mass Customization to Custom Mass Production

11 am

Dagmar Reinhardt – Robotic Braille and Spatial Maps – Combining Tactile and Visual Narratives

11.15 am

Sille Pihlak – Protocolling Prototypes / Prototyping Protocols

12 noon


12.45 pm

Keynote: Roland Snooks – Strange Behavior

1.45 pm

Roemer van Toorn – The new normal. A goodbye to language

2 pm

Annarita Papeschi – Transindividual Urbanism. Novel Territories of Digital Participatory Practices

2.15 pm

Adria Carbonell – The Solid Matter(s) of Digital Nature

2.30 pm

Wolfgang Schwarzmann – How does new technology provided by industry 4.0 change the job of a carpenter?

2.45 pm

Questions and coffee

3 pm

Keynote: Antoine Picon – Atoms and Bits: Taking seriously their Hybridization

3.45 pm

Keynote panel and discussion

4.55 pm

End of conference

There is no fee to participate, but due to a limited number of seats, we do expect participants to sign up. More info and registration: