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All architecture is temporal: it changes over time and is subject to continuous material transformations, circulatory processes and shifting receptions and practices. And yet, some works seem less permanent than others. Installations, exhibitions, pavilions, biennials and other interventions inscribed in the accelerated and inescapable dynamics of creation and destruction resonate with imaginaries and expectations of innovation and constant flux. Recalling the practices of the 1960s and 1970s, contemporary cultural institutions are drawn to, as Archigram wrote about their Instant City, “the loveliness of the idea” of an architecture “appearing out of nowhere, and after the ‘event’ stage, lifting up its skirts and vanishing.”

This course focuses on the temporal architecture of cultural institutions, their exhibition models, curatorial practices and social experiments, as well as their impact and political implications. We will examine the recent expansion of the architectural exhibition apparatus and how institutional borders circulate from the gallery space to permeate the city. We will analyze the resulting reconfigurations of the relations between space, power and politics in the urban space including new forms of control and consumption, changing conditions for inclusion and exclusion, as well as the emerging modes of engagement and political agency that are rendered possible by these transformations.

The sessions will be structured around a series of cases studies, including alternative spaces, architecture biennials and triennials, and commissions and temporary projects by major institutions such as MoMA PS1 Young Architect’s Program (YAP), the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, the BMW Guggenheim Lab, and the Centre Pompidou Mobile, among others.


Ten participants will be selected to participate in this course. Eligible participants must read the terms, fill out the application form, upload the required documents and submit the application form. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The deadline for applications is June 15, 2019.

Scholarships are available for participants from Kosovo. A limited number of scholarships, that cover the participation fee, are available for international participants.

More information can be found on the Stacion website.

Marina Otero Verzier
Klaas Kuitenbrouwer, Katia Truijen, Marten Kuijpers, Anastasia Kubrak
Alex Walker