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This is Temporary: how transient projects are redefining architecture
Temporary architecture is flourishing: pop-ups and follies entertain but are suggestive of more holistic architecture...
Publisher: RIBA Publishing
Date Published: Jan 2016
Stock Code: 85147
Total votes: 5
Temporary architecture is flourishing in our urban public spaces. Branded ‘pop-ups’ and follies to provide a moment of light entertainment they are in fact borne of a long history of more holistic architecture that is subtly suggesting how we could live, work and play more harmoniously together. Featuring revealing interviews with 13 young, emerging and socially-minded practices from New York and Santiago to London, Berlin and Zurich it also analyses this phenomenon in critical essays by well-respected practitioners and thinkers. Providing a highly personal insight into the architects’ experience, the design process, the challenges they encountered and how it affected their practice it sheds light on the growth of multidisciplinary collectives, community engagement and more participatory ways of designing, making and building. Including highly illustrated and imaginative projects ranging from a floating cinema and tiny travelling theatre, through ad-hoc structures made of found objects and discarded materials, and blow-up plastic bubbles, to a community lido and market restaurant this will open your eyes as to what is possible in architecture.
Exploring alternative modes of practice this will provide inspiration for all architecture students, architects, artists, designers, planners and developers wishing to create empowering and unique structures in neglected, disused and sometimes inaccessible parts of our cities.
Ivan Harbour, Partner, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
As designers we claim to be individually radical but collectively, in the face of permanence, good design necessarily becomes a set of well-judged compromises. Thank goodness then, that when we see things as temporary, we are able to give our imagination the freedom to deliver such an extraordinary kaleidoscope of inventiveness as seen in this book.
I am sure the experiences gained realising these temporary works will steer the future compromises necessary to create the best permanent architecture.
Adrian Forty, Professor Emeritus of Architectural History, The Bartlett, UCL
This is Temporary is the first general account of a new phenomenon – architect-designed temporary works for public use, catalysts to community involvement. Cate St Hill presents a variety of projects from all over the world, and her interviews with their makers tell us about their ideas and ambitions, their optimism and their ingenuity. The works - and the stories - in This is Temporary will be an inspiration to any young designer or would-be designer.
Tim Bailey RIBA, xsite architecture LLP
Temporary is a particular condition for architecture, offering freedoms or locations not available in permanent projects but also the opportunity to highlight possibilities in cities and invigorate neighbourhoods and communities. In this broad ranging book investigating the subject Cate St Hill has brilliantly captured the voice of the catalyst, experimenter and social actor. Perhaps required reading for the urbanist and politician alike it suggests there may be something quite powerful in architecture about the project that lingers in the memory after it has gone.
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