“Dynamic Equilibrium City”

This project is the winner proposal by Masaya Ichikawa, Hiroki Kanto, Haru Owaki, Yuuichirou Tajima, Hiroki Shigemura , Tatsunori Maeda, Youto Suzuki, Yuusuke Kobayashi, Junya Yoshimura, Takumi Akahori for the Vision Competition Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2022

Living organisms break down their own cells while repeatedly producing new ones in order to maintain their bodies (i.e., a state of dynamic equilibrium). On a global scale as well, ecosystems have been created as a mechanism to take in energy and materials and permanently maintain their existence.

From a macroscopic perspective, scrap-and-build, a method of renewing cities and buildings, looks like the decomposition and generation of cells but differs greatly from the circulation system of living organisms. Buildings and cities cannot form a circulation network like living organisms because of the mass consumption and disposal of resources used for a single building.

In order to realize a sustainable city, we therefore propose an urban system that can be circulated with local resources by combining three scales of circulation: the suburban forest of Tallinn, LAANA, and urban building resources. The construction for the entirety of LAANA occurs gradually over 40 years in accordance with the growth, decomposition, and regrowth of the forest, while materials from Tallinn are incorporated into the process.

Winy Maas, Co-founding Director of MVRDV, Rotterdam
Kaidi Põldoja, Head of the Spatial Strategy Center for Tallinn’s Urban Planning Department
Benedetta Tagliabue, Director of Miralles Tagliabue EMBT, Barcelona
Toomas Tammis, Professor of Architecture Estonian Academy of Arts
Veronika Valk, Advisor, Estonian Ministry of Culture