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.
Table of Contents
1. Young Architects Programmes: Testing, testing, testing… Interview 1: The Living Interview 2: GUN Architects 2. Public Realm and Engagement: Facilitating Possibilities and Animating Places Interview 3: We Made That Interview 4: The Decorators Perspective by Shumi Bose 3. Playful Storytellers: Digging Deeper and Building Narratives Interview 5: Aberrant Architecture Interview 6: Studio Weave 4. Collectives and Self-initiated Projects: Making it up as you go along Interview 7: Assemble Interview 8: EXYZT Interview 9: Practice Architecture Perspective by Mariana Pestana ‘Building Alternative Possible Worlds with Temporary Projects’ 5. Participative Building and Materiality: Scarcity of Resources and a Platform for Communication Interview 10: Folke Kobberling and Martin Kaltwasser Interview 11: Plastique Fantastique 6. The Art World and Temporary Architecture: The Meeting of Two Disciplines Interview 12: GRUPPE Interview 13: Morag Myerscough Perspective by Cany Ash ‘Learning from Canning Town Caravanserai: a temporary town and its legacy’
Cate St Hill is an architecture and design writer, currently writing for bi-monthly publication Blueprint, and previously for Building Design. She has also worked at the British Council and as a researcher for FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians’ British Pavilion for the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2014.