The event's organiser, the Estonian Centre for Architecture, announced that the decision had been taken in light of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the decision to shift the Venice Architecture Biennale to 2021. Had TAB not moved, its schedule would have clashed, and likely been overshadowed, by that of Venice.
Raul Järg, director of the Estonian Centre for Architecture, said: “The peculiar times we live in has given us an extra year for the organisers and the head curator to prepare for the upcoming edition of TAB. This ensures enough time for a high quality theme and a comprehensive programme. We hope that the teams who are participating in the curatorial competition understand the decision and are ready to contribute also in 2022.”
TAB is currently hosting a competition to determine the curator of the biennale, whose deadline of 29 May 2020, 4pm EEST, will remain unaffected. The 2019 edition of the biennale was curated by the academic and architect Yael Reisner.
While many architecture and design events originally scheduled for 2020 have already been shifted to 2021, the decision to delay an event planned for 2021 shows that coronavirus will impact longterm scheduling too. With a number of events planned for 2020 now due to take place in 2021, organisers will face a complex jigsaw puzzle to prevent scheduling overlap that could affect both visitor numbers and exhibitor participation.