On reversibility and architectural temporarity in marginal contexts

  • Domenico Chizzoniti Polytechnic of Milano
  • Letizia Cattani Polytechnic of Milano
  • Monica Moscatelli Polytechnic of Milano
Keywords: developing countries, precariousness, impermanence, prototype, experimentation

Abstract

The essay puts forward experimental research carried out in emergency contexts and in developing countries with the study of temporary architecture of a health, cultural and social nature as a field of investigation. The proposed guidelines are built around emergencies, natural disasters, and the widespread need, in specific unpredictable situations of temporary and permanent shelter, or rather critical issues that may concern, at the same time, different social categories. This paper tries to identify some principles that have inspired proposals for measures in several contexts, from Sub-Saharan Africa, to the Middle East and to the South-East Asia where the temporariness and emergency issue is declined in a different way in reference to the typical characteristics of the reference context.

Author Biographies

Domenico Chizzoniti, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect and PhD, he is Associate Professor in Architectural Composition at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. He is the coordinator of the Scientific Committee of the TECA series (Theories of Architectural Composition).
E-mail: domenico.chizzoniti@polimi.it

Letizia Cattani, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect and PhD, she is Adjunct Professor at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. She collaborates as co-author of publications concerning architectural design and composition. She has been a Professor of the Architectural Design Laboratory in Developing Countries, dealing with issues like flexibility and modular architecture.
E-mail: letizia.cattani@polimi.it

Monica Moscatelli, Polytechnic of Milano

Architect and PhD, she is Adjunct Professor in Architectural Composition at the Department of Architecture, Built Environment and Construction Engineering. She is the co-author of several scientific papers published in national and international architectural journals focusing on topic in marginal areas and third world contexts.
E-mail: monica1.moscatelli@polimi.it

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Published
2018-12-30
How to Cite
Chizzoniti, D., Cattani, L. and Moscatelli, M. (2018) “On reversibility and architectural temporarity in marginal contexts”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 4(online), pp. 89-96. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/4112018.
Section
Architecture | Essays & Viewpoint
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