A Practice of Ephemeral Urban Design

By Rochus Urban Hinkel.

Published by The Design Collection

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This paper will present research that developed from two projects undertaken in the School of Architecture and Design at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. The first project was a postgraduate collaboration of researchers in the Design Research Institute at RMIT University, the second was a collaboration with video, sound and projection artists. Both projects engaged with public urban spaces on a sensory and experiential level by using different principles and practices.

In this paper I will argue that space is something that is not framed in advance of inhabitation, as an a priori conceptual category. Instead space is a more elusive environment that unfolds alongside our modes of expression and perception. Further, I will demonstrate through two design research case studies how space formation is interwoven with the effects and affects of temporality, ephemerality, and the poetic and sensory potential of new and old technologies.

These installations were intended to extend the quotidian perception of the city as a physical and built environment through creating an awareness of temporal, ephemeral, and intangible elements and sensations.

Keywords: Urban Interior, Ephemeral Urban Design, Urban Design, Case Studies

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp.299-308. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.771MB).

Rochus Urban Hinkel

Lecturer, Program of Architecture, School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University, Victoria, Melbourne, Australia

Rochus Urban Hinkel is a practising architect, academic and curator. His practice, which ranges from small scale furniture to urban design schemes, has won a number of awards and has been published and exhibited in Europe, Asia and Australia. Rochus’s research and practice investigates the nexus between interior, architecture and the urban field. He is a founding member of the interdisciplinary research group Urban Interior and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design, both at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

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