Does Permanence Matter? An ongoing exhibition at Munich Technical University’s Architekturmuseum explores temporary urbanism as an increasingly relevant mode of living in contemporary conditions of climate change and politically induced migration. Drawing from a study by researchers at both the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Centro de Ecologia Paisaje y Urbanismo in Santiago, the show presents myriad examples of short-term settlements, from refugee camps and military outposts through to cultural festivals in the Nevada desert. A particular section of the space is dedicated to interdisciplinary research on Kumbh Mela – an ancient religious festival which sees hundreds of thousands of pilgrims converge on the Indian city of Allahabad every 12 years. For details of the accompanying programme of talks and workshops, visit the website.
"When ‘family’ is unshackled from ‘nature’ and ‘biology’, and hitched instead to ‘choice’ or ‘artifice’ or even just to ‘love’, then the possibilities are endless.” Naomi Stead considers what is radical, what is family and questions how the limited stock of conventional family housing can serve, and impact, the potentially limitless arrangements of radical families
Let's not get so caught up in the promises of 'smart cities' to forget that we live material lives. In the latest instalment in a series of articles from our West Coast partners 'Future West' (Australian Urbanism), Dr Sarah Barns, research fellow in the Institute for Culture and Society, considers putting digital to work in shaping great places
Crises are opportunities for rebuilding resilience. In the aftermath of the 2011 earthquake, the need to counter social isolation with close-knit communities gave the impetus to the first purpose-built share house in Japan. Emily Wong spoke to Satoko Shinohara of Spatial Design Studio about Share Yaraicho