Praveen Subramani design + technology + cities

The Temporary City

For our final project in Dennis Frenchman's Urban Design Seminar, teams of four students were to research emergent trends in urban design and design scenarios for the future of cities in the new century based on these trends. My team chose the theme of The Temporary City, an exploration and scenario design of the manner in which built forms, cities, and their inhabitants are decreasingly rooted in permanence and are growing more dynamic and transient in nature. Our dialectic focused on the idea that city design has always envisioned the city as a permanent object, yet cities are growing less permanent as a result of forces outside the field of design. Rather than designing for permanence, as has been the traditional model in urban design, designers must respond to these forces by tailoring their operations in the city to account for models of cities in flux, such as the digital city. The end result of our research and scenario was a two-hour class session taught and led by our team divided into explorations of temporary claims, people, places, and uses.

The full design presentation is available for download as a PDF here (Note: 80 MB file size)

The Temporary City