Ephemeral architecture and temporary space design are currently increasingly relevant activities, encompassing a wide range of formats which are well-established in the cultural world and emerging formats in the business world.

Interventions in public spaces, exhibitions, events and pop-up units are usually treated in isolation from various fields of design without being considered as a cohesive disciplinary body. The Master’s Degree in Ephemeral Architecture and Design of Temporary Spaces proposes an overall approach to the world of ephemeral formats in order to equip students with shared conceptual and instrumental tools.

Key elements in ephemeral projects include time, light, sound and narrative, whereas they are secondary in structural architecture and interior design. The ephemeral nature of structures also involves other paradigms in terms of materiality and constructive solutions. Firmness and durability, classic pillars of architecture, are the hallmarks of ephemeral architecture, which is based instead on lightness, ease of assembly, the economy of resources, the ability to respond to changes in real time and the ability to create atmospheres and environments.

This is precisely why we see the need to have a Master’s programme focused on the design of ephemeral spaces as a whole, a programme that delves into the essential aspects of this specific discipline and focuses on key formats — from concept design to concrete and detailed production.

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