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.
Western influence in Japan has a fascinating and turbulent history. Architect Keith Little looks at how that complex relationship is embodied in Tokyo's Kyudōkaikan, one of the few buildings to survive the rapid economic growth of the twentieth century. Recent restoration of the complex was funded through an innovative business model, which reflects the temple's masterful blending of the old and the new
Eavesdropping is a part of life: we hear things that are not intended for us all the time. Yet the word’s meaning has changed over time. For our second collaboration with Liquid Architecture, sonic artist and researcher Sam Kidel has prepared us a mixtape that uncouples voice and personhood: “I created the mix as a tool for feeling into unsettled experiences of voice.”
Gregory Lorenzutti was working in Tacloban City when he met a group of young performers preparing for the first fiesta since Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the region, 18 months earlier. In this photography series, Lorenzutti captures the beauty of Filipino queerness, and the complex story of how LGBTIQ families were affected by the city's rebuilding