Ephemeral Architecture

Toward Radical Contingency

Authored by: Swati Chattopadhyay

The Routledge Companion to Critical Approaches to Contemporary Architecture

Print publication date:  August  2019
Online publication date:  August  2019

Print ISBN: 9781138917569
eBook ISBN: 9781315688947
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This essay is a critique of the ideology of permanence that pervades architectural thought, history, and practice. By exploring the construction of pandals (pavilions) in Kolkata for the religious festival of Durgapuja, the essay discusses how the assembly and disassembly of these structures might suggest a radically different way of thinking and seeing duration in the built fabric.

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