We consider ephemeral architecture to all those constructions that are designed and exhibited for a short amount of time. Even though we differenciate them, both the constructions that are purposely thought to last little and time and the ones that, because of the materials, didn’t last longer in the place they were placed.
We can classify the ephimeral architecture in three groups:
This architecture is ephemere because of its eventuality. Ephemere architecture has always existed, during roman, greek and egyptian times, they would make constructions to celebrate the military victories. But it was during
the modern age, the renaissance and, especially, the baroque when the ephemere architecture reached its summon.
Nowadays, we have universal expositions, an amazing way to present the new technological and scientific advances. Buildings designed to dissapear.
It is ephemeral because of its translationality, it is a response to our changing lifestyle. Circumstances change, architecture needs to be dinamic then.
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These are immediate constructions, they are also limited by the materials. This type of architecture is intended to house a large number of people displaced for a limited time as a result of a humanitarian crisis or atmospheric disaster.
Therefore, ephemeral architecture is vital for the development of our society, because when we think of doing constructions that will have a brief lifespan, we will be more experimental.
About this topic, I totally recommend this video where Mikel, a youtuber I have mentioned in this blog before, talks about ephemeral architecture in 2020 and Christmas lights.