Trans :: across, beyond, through + ient :: impermanent, temporary, staying only a short time, momentary, ephemeral, migratory, rootless
“No permanence is ours; we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds”
It is often thought that architecture has a quality permanence. In the third issue of [TRANS-] journal we seek to understand that this is not always true. Exploring how the construction of spaces can speak to impermanence, transient design could be a variety of things: built one day and disassembled another; rootless, wandering, and drifting as a nomad among environmental and geopolitical conditions; or spaces that house impermanent populations or respond to temporary phenomena or needs. With transient space comes participants that condition its purpose and interpretation. Perhaps of equal importance is not the design itself but rather the symbolic significance of its remnants, which has the capacity to endure or pass.
In a deepening of the understanding of transience and its effects on design, [Trans-]ient looks to examine the consequences of time and movement on place, including the way we live and interact with the built environment.
Construction materials and methods can serve as generators in impermanent architecture. Do we have the responsibility to reflect on the past and the future of materials? Must we consider the temporal performance of the construction process? Can the passage of time shape materials into new forms and what is the consequence of this transformation in design?
Movement can shape both objects and spaces. Some spaces may house transient activities while others are characterized by their own migration. How can environments subject to the ebb and flow of populations or climatic conditions become more adaptive? How can mobile designs adapt to new settings? How can the transposition or alternation of materials, objects, or architecture act as a catalyst for nomadic existence? How can objects or space be used as a design solution for mass migration?
Spaces which serve to fill brief or passing needs can remain as a residual artifact, imprint, footprint or physical memory of past events. How can something left behind become a monument to celebrate and remember the past. How can places characterized by their past remain meaningful after a bygone affair? How can abandoned places be reinvented to serve new objectives? How can deconstruction celebrate the previous existence of an entity?
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[TRANS-] is a non-profit, student-run academic journal made by the members of tsd at the college of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture at the university of arizona
[Trans-]ient is looking to the architecture and related fields for research and creative work that addresses the concepts and practices of transiency. We welcome original works in all forms of media that can be reproduced in two-dimensions. Please limit written submissions to 3000 words. Register and submit work by March 17, 2017. A brief 100-word biography and 300-word abstract or description of the project will be required upon registration. Click here to submit.