EPHEMERAL from Greek εφήμερος – [ephemeros], literally “lasting only one day”

Cities are the by-product of layers, resulted by a perpetual metamorphosis. Privates, authorities and institutions construct short actions for an immediate use with a wish of durability for the future. The mix of mutable, seasonal, eventful and nomadic actions in relation with sudden freedom, constrictions, tolerant rules or urgent necessities, makes the city as we know it. Architecture, as intended, might be cyclical or barely exist only for a season, weekend or for a day. In this framework, actions generating the urban environment are distant from being eternal but they only consist of an evanescent fraction of the existence of our cities.

Ever-lasting architecture can only be understood as a momentary, instantaneous practice, induced by pre-fabrication, high or low technology, immaterial, virtual or even fake. Every element of the city suddenly appears light, interchangeable, movable, and undeniably, fragile.

EPHEMERAL city is the city itself.

STUDIO#12 – EPHEMERAL seeks to examine the intricate matter typically left behind by leading architectural theory and debate. How do we evaluate the lifespan of design? How to face the constraints and possibilities? How EPHEMERAL might shift to permanent and how permanent could shift to EPHEMERAL? What are the conquests of EPHEMERAL architecture and urbanism for our legacy? Can the elements of cities reflect permanency or EPHEMERALity? Which are the tangible and immaterial dimensions of EPHEMERAL? How is technology shaping EPHEMERAL architecture? What does society consider EPHEMERAL artifacts?

The rising significance along with the acceleration of changes of urban dynamics pushes forward the consideration of the transition from models of permanence to the establishment and necessity of the EPHEMERAL theory of architecture.

The call for papers defines the field of interest of an issue and produces a context in which to situate contributions.
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ABSTRACT: March 20th 2017
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