Design for Ephemerality – Idiosyncrasy and Challenges

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Lying at the intersection between architecture, art and design, ephemeral spaces are intentionally developed to exist only for a short period of time, to be destroyed or cease to exist at a given moment. The specific nature of temporary environments requires a different design approach in regard to concept development, choice of materials, constructive solutions, visual perception and spatial experience.The aim of the research is to explore the potential of ephemeral spaces for redefining the architectural boundaries and their heuristic significance for the future development of the design field. Following this objective, the factors for the proliferation of these spaces are studied and a typology in terms of their contextual ephemerality is developed. The research method is based on the structural and semiotic analysis of purposefully selected archetypal examples through which the key characteristics distinguishing ephemeral spaces from permanent ones are discovered. In conclusion, implications on how to teach design students to deal with the inherent dialectics in ephemeral spaces and how to design for ephemerality are discussed. Keywords: Ephemeral spaces, spatial experience, design education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-272
Number of pages14
JournalNew Trends and Issues Proceedings on Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 28 Dec 2017


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