Temporary and sustainable architecture | 2017-

Architecture and sustainability: Performance studies

Lecturers: Prof. Marilyne Andersen, Prof. Emmanuel Rey, Prof. Corentin Fivet, Dan Bolomey, Giorgia Chinazzo, Loic Fumeaux

In the autumn semester, the UE K “Architecture and Sustainability: performance studies” theme focuses on temporary and sustainable architecture. At first sight, these notions seem contradictory. Since the concept of sustainable development is fundamentally based on the idea of acting on a long-term basis, it may seem incongruous to consider associating it with practices which are essentially part of the idea of responding to an immediate and ephemeral need. However, the term “sustainable” should not be understood here in the sense of an architectural object durability but, conversely, as the search for a “state of sustainability” for the latter. A search for the right balance between the needs to be met and the ways used to achieve them, which implies meeting the present needs without compromising those of the generations that will follow us.

It is precisely around this question of the balance between needs and means integrated in the conception of a temporary architectural object that the proposed teaching is developed. The students will have to design a temporary and mobile pavilion, offering a balance between users’ functionality needs and comfort requirements, without losing sight of the ecological burden caused by the nature of their projected proposals.

Based on an integrative and interdisciplinary approach, its design will have to meet four basic objectives of sustainability: minimization of the environmental load, a static concept adapted to the function, a satisfactory comfort for users and a removable and mobile building system for the pavilion.