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The NFT-funded Biennale pavilion promotes decentralization

The NFT-funded Biennale pavilion promotes decentralization

At the Tallinn Architecture Biennale in Estonia, the puzzle-like Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion was shown for the first time. Part of it was made by the public using NFTs.

The sets of NFT items made by the community were used to build the experimental building outside of Tallinn’s Museum of Estonian Architecture.

The main show at the Tallinn Architecture Biennale (TAB) 2022 will be the Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion, which won the Slowbuilding competition.

Iheartblob, a UK company, says that it is the first pavilion built by the community using NFTs.

Iheartblob told Dezeen at the installation’s launch that this is the first NFT pavilion in the world that was made by the community as a whole. It is also owned and paid for by the community.
“This is the first NFT pavilion in the world that is designed by the community together, it’s also co-owned by the community and co-funded by the community,”

Non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, are digital proof that an asset is real and belongs to its owner. They can be given to both digital and physical assets. Each one is recorded, or “minted,” in the same way that a bitcoin transaction is, on a blockchain. This means that they can be bought, sold, and collected.

The pavilion’s goal is to promote a slow, decentralized way of building in which the community takes over as “master builder” from the architect.

Its look is based on the sixth TAB festival, which happens every two years and is a media partner of Dezeen. It was put together by architects Lydia Kallipoliti and Areti Markopoulou. It was called “Edible: Or, the Architecture of Metabolism,” and it looked at food systems from an architectural point of view.

The pavilion is made up of 78 different pieces that fit together like a puzzle, but it is expected to get bigger. To help with this, Iheartblob made an NFT-generating tool that anyone can use to make and mint items. Every NFT made by this technology has a unique physical twin that is being used in the pavilion.

The final product is a disjointed structure that exists both in the metaverse and in real space. It is co-owned by the community that made it, and it is a good representation of that community.

Since the tool is still being used, the pavilion will grow and get bigger while it is there, until the next TAB opens in 2023.

“This is the first NFT pavilion in the world that is designed by the community together, it’s also co-owned by the community and co-funded by the community,” the company said.

“Up to this point, I think we’ve had designers as young as five make a piece. We’ve also had people right here in Tallinn make many of these pieces, and people from all over the world have made parts that fit together.”

Iheartblob left the design of the pavilion up to the public, but it did set a few rules to make sure the building could be built.

This was already made of wood, and the shapes of the pieces that went together were already set. There is also a limit of 165 pieces, which means that the width, depth, and height can’t be more than five meters.

The company hopes that the Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion will show how important NFTs are to the industry while promoting the idea that design should be less centralized.

“We think blockchain and NFTs can help with many parts of the industry,” the company said. “For example, NFTs could be used to check the validity of architectural designs, and more experimental techniques could be used to decide who owns and wrote about shared housing or even whole cities, with royalties.”

The Fungible Non-Fungible Pavilion was chosen to design the pavilion after the first competition winners, the Australian team Simulaa and Natalie Alima, withdrew their idea for a mushroom installation.

This year’s TAB includes an exhibition put together by a curator at the Museum of Estonian Architecture as well as other events around the city. The event was supposed to happen in 2021, but because of the coronavirus outbreak, it was moved to 2022. Still planned for 2023 is the seventh version.

SoomeenHahm Design, Igor Pantic, and Fologram made a twisting pavilion that was the main piece of art at the 2019 TAB. Augmented reality and traditional woodworking techniques, like steam-bending hardwood, were tried out during the building process.

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