Ephermeral Architecture


Ephemeral Architecture looks at architecture and space through various levels of permanance and temporality within the James A. Farley Building in New York City. The state of architecture is directly influenced by crisis and our environment. The need of office space is declining due to  the Corona Virus pandemic and the city is left with empty high rises. In Midtown alone, there are 242 million Sq/Ft of office space. Offices are being overwhelmed with vacancies and experiencing uncertainty. With this uncertainty office spaces will start to transform into new uses. This project looks at how offices can be transformed from day to night, week to week, or even month to month. Intervening with a 9x9 grid structure allowed the courtyard space to hold the return of the usps as well as varying pod sizes. . As we move up, the offices can be transformed by allowing portions of the floor slab to slowly move downwards, revealing an art piece or installation. Starting at the permanent subway station, the floors above move to semi-permanent, temporary, ephemeral, and constantly changing giving the building a more layered, dynamic, and flexible space





The James A. Farley Building
Rhode Island School of Design
New York City, New York



Yara Hadi
yhadi@risd.edu
(401) 340-8611