Ephemeral Architecture: A Modest Proposition
A Collaborative Symposium and Exhibition
Hosted by Ciudad Abierta and I-Park
As an outgrowth of the philosophy underlying the environmental art and Thanatopolis programs at I-Park and as an homage to the motivation behind the poetically expressive architecture of Ciudad Abierta, the symposium and exhibition will explore the concept of ephemeral architecture.
Employing the methods and spirit of the fine arts, ephemeral architecture is the physical distillation of an abstraction: a sense of intimacy or urgency, a musical or poetic phrase or gesture, a memory or a mystery. It is an architecture of listening: to the sounds, pulses and echoes of a place. An architecture of touching: the shape, textures and history of a space.
What would be the marks of an ephemeral architecture?
Could architecture truly ‘submit’ to a subsidiary role in the creative process?
How do you really get artists, including writers and composers, in the mix of this process?
What’s the role of the ‘client’ within such a system?
Could, initially, special building districts be established with codes that would be sympathetic to and supportive of this practice? Could this concept seriously challenge the traditional goal of creating ‘classic’ architecture (architecture for the ages) – and if so, does it matter? Or might this turn out to be nothing more than another trendy fringe ‘movement’ – and if so, does this matter?
Does this concept have any merit whatsoever in the realm of large, institutional complexes? Or could these complexes benefit by a mix of ‘hard’ and ephemeral elements?