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Ideas contest opens for Tallinn’s driverless car future

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Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) has launched an international ideas contest to imagine how driverless cars could transform the Estonian capital

Open to architects, landscape architects, urbanists and students, the competition proposals ideas for how traffic intersections could be upgraded to support self-driving cars in the future.

Backed by Tallinn City and the Estonian Centre of Architecture, the project will focus on the city centre Viru Square intersection as a test site.

According to the brief: ‘The aim of the TAB 2015 vision competition is to redefine the Viru intersection in both functional and symbolic terms. Besides reorganising the traffic system, participants are called to design a symbolic focal point for a self-driven city.’

The document continued: ‘Finding a new concept for the Viru Square is part of a wider recent process in Tallinn where the course is toward a more people-friendly urban space under the political initiative of the European Green Capital. The city hopes to be selected as the European Green Capital in 2018.’

Competition judges include MVRDV founder Winy Maas, Tallinn City Architect Endrik Mänd and Villem Tomiste of the Union of Estonian Architects

The winner – set to be announced in August – will receive around £2,900. A second place prize of around £1,400 and third place prize worth approximately £700 will also be available.

The deadline for entries 4pm local time on 29 May.





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