Rethinking Ephemeral Architecture. Advanced Geometry for Citizen-Managed Spaces

  • Andrés Martín-PastorEmail author
  • Amanda Martín-Mariscal
  • Alicia López-Martínez


In recent years there have been a high amount of citizen initiatives that address the complex problems of the contemporary city. There are empty or disused spaces that have been reused for urban gardens, for social use, to encourage integration and civic activities activation, etc. Traditional architectural processes do not provide realistic solutions to these initiatives that, along with limited financial resources, have led to the emergence of architectures and self-constructed facilities, almost as an emergency mode, without necessary planning, media and constructive knowledge. The democratization of technology, thanks to laboratories of digital production, offers new opportunities for the development of a lightweight, flexible and low impact architecture, very according to the needs of citizens’ initiatives that naturally arise in our cities. The new existing scenario contemplates the figure of the architect, or engineer, not only as an agent of the market, but as a professional able to propose efficient solutions to problems from within, bringing their specific knowledge and serving as bridges between the new technological solutions and the challenges of society. Providing, through knowledge in advanced geometry, parametric design and digital manufacturing, tools for the development of new architectural mechanisms required in citizen-managed spaces.


Ephemeral architecture Eco-efficiency Digital fabrication Collective creativity Advanced geometry 



The Caterpillar Gallery. Authors and project design: Roberto Narvaez-Rodríguez, Andrés Martín-Pastor, (In collaboration: Infante-Pereda Margarita Maria Aguilar-Alejandre). Manufacture equipment FablabSevilla. Assembly: Teachers and students of ETSIE Schools and ETSA, University of Sevilla. Collaboration: Department of Engineering University of Sevilla.

The Coccon Gallery. Project design Andrés Martín-Pastor and Roberto Narváez-Rodríguez. Manufacturing: Equipment FablabUnal Medellin. Execution and assembly: Architecture students UNAL UNAL Medellin and Manizales. Coordination: Es-strained Media Representation, Faculty of Architecture. Co-Unal Medellin Colombia. Collaboration: Extra. Grafica Engineering Equipment FablabSevilla.

SSFS Pavilion. Santa Fe Design and Project: Andrés Martín-Pastor, Roberto Narvaez-Rodriguez. Co-parametric design: Expósito Juan Bejarano. Academic Coordination and management: Mauro Chiarella. Master Program in Architecture, Fadu, Universidad Nacional del Litoral. Production and assembly: Students and teachers pro-Master of Architecture, Fadu. Collaboration: Extra. Graphic Engineering University of Sevilla, ETSIE Equipment FablabSevilla.

The Butterfly Gallery-Helical Surfaces. Project design Andrés Martín-Pastor, Juan Expósito Bejarano. Coordination: Maria Angela. Manufacturing: LAMO3D, Focus Design. Mounting: collaborative between teachers and students of the UFRJ. Collaboration: Extra. Graphic Engineering University of Sevilla, ETSIE Equipment FablabSevilla.

SSFS PavilionFablabSevilla. Project design Andrés Martín-Pastor, Juan Expósito Bejarano and Roberto Rodriguez Narvaez. Manufacturing: FabLabSevilla. Production Chief: Daniel del Valle. Mounting: collaborative between teachers and students of the ETSIE, FabLabSevilla and Edificalab. Collaboration: Extra. Graphic Engineering University of Sevilla, ETSIE Equipment FablabSevilla.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Andrés Martín-Pastor
    • 1
    Email author
  • Amanda Martín-Mariscal
    • 2
  • Alicia López-Martínez
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Graphic EngineeringInstituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construcción, University of SevillaSevilleSpain
  2. 2.Department of Architectural DesignInstituto Universitario de Arquitectura y Ciencias de la Construcción, University of SevillaSevilleSpain
  3. 3.Department of Graphic EngineeringUniversity of SevillaSevilleSpain

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