First Advisor

Todd Ferry

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Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Architecture and University Honors




Temporary buildings -- Case studies, Pavilions -- Case studies, Pavilions -- History, Urbanization, Place (Philosophy), Public spaces




Temporary urbanism in the form of temporary pavilions can reveal the social, economic, or political needs and wants of a community. The pavilion can act as a space of freedom from physical needs such as shelter, as well as freedom with the purpose of meeting, exchanging, and thinking (Bevan, 2015). When the pavilion is only in place for an intentionally temporary span of time, it is possible for activities, ideas, and communities to form, whereas the implication of permanence may not allow for the same action, due to efficient cost, lower level of planning, and faster development (Bishop & Williams, 2012). Injecting temporary structures into urban areas can garner attention from communities, developers, or government and suggest a new usage for underserved lands to be redeveloped for the communities (Tardiveau & Mallo, 2014; Harris, 2015). This contributes to the act of placemaking, in which communities take ownership and use the space that is identified by and identifies a collective cultural space. This thesis will first discuss the history of pavilions, community engagement, and temporary urbanism. Next, four case studies of large and small scales will be analyzed to determine how temporary pavilions can engage with a community and contribute to ownership and placemaking. Through these studies a brief guide for community engagement using temporary pavilions was developed to aid community collaborators in using pavilions for various purposes. Thus, temporary pavilions have the ability to activate people into making their place.


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