I went to the opening night of the Tallinn Architecture Biennale, in particular the Student Show, last night. As it was a rare opportunity to go inside the grand, hulking Tallinna Linnahall (built for the aquatic leg of the 1980 Moscow Olympics and now in a state of limbo while it is decided what to do with the enormous complex), I felt I had to check out what was happening.
I found an exhibition (which runs until 30 September) that is not just for architecture buffs, but also for anyone who questions the city in which they live. Visitors and exhibitors came from around the world to display and discuss their ideas. For the first time in a long time, I felt I was somewhere where it was okay to be conceptual, and discuss new ideas freely.
More text will follow as the Biennale goes on, but here is a gallery from last night. Click on the images to expand them.