Quick ‘n’ Cheap Architecture: Ephemeral Urban Micro-Interventions

In this workshop seminar, students qualitatively researched Iberian urban public space typologies through a series of ephemeral micro-interventions. The interventions were not allowed to require more than 20 minutes to be assembled, documented, and disassembled; could not cost more than €10 in materials; were not allowed to hinder or block the use of public space; and no traces whatsoever were to be left behind after disassembly. Works could be documented using photography and/or video. The micro-interventions had to achieve maximum impact using minimum means, i.e. minimum assembly and materials. “The quicker ‘n’ cheaper, the better.”

Amber Salach: air vent in sidewalk used to create a space of ‘free admission’ at Plaça de Catalunya
Jayant Gupta: pavement geometries of Spanish plazas inform the placement of bird food.
James Rice: pavement texture highlighted by spilled milk.
Erik Fung: urban street lighting color changed using plastic shopping bags.
Amanda Gilbert: the shadows of street furnishings and buildings informed placement of baking flour

Clark Kim: draught at Madrid Sol metro station entrance was used to fly a kite.


Steve Culver: water from Barcelona public fountains ‘painted’ onto paving stones with mop.

Vanessa Worrell

Vanessa Worrell: public statues ‘detourned’ into pickpockets.


About Rafael Gomez-Moriana

I am an architect, writer and educator. rafagomo.com chronicles my architectural making, writing, teaching and curating activity, while criticalista.com is an archive of my writings as well as a platform for venting personal rants and observations. I studied architecture at the University of Waterloo (Canada) and at the Berlage Institute (the Netherlands). I direct the University of Calgary’s architecture term-abroad program in Barcelona, and have previously taught in the Metropolis Masters Program in Architecture and Urban Culture, CIEE Architecture and Design program, as well as at Carleton University and the University of Manitoba.

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