The Research Project on the Ephemeral City, led by professor Rahul Mehrotra at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, has been engaged in documenting and systematically compiling different forms of temporary urbanism worldwide, particularly in South Asia and Latin America. This exhibition focuses primarily on religion, one of the seven taxonomies identified for the ephemeral city. It presents ten cases of temporary occupation of urban spaces for religious events and celebration that demonstrate powerful ways in which the public realm is temporarily appropriated to create sacred spaces. In religious ephemeral landscapes, human ingenuity breaches the boundaries between the local and the global, the historic and the contemporary, converting permanent cities and landscapes into sacred grounds.
Leading Faculty: Rahul Mehrotra (GSD)
Exhibition Curators: Felipe Vera (Universidad Adolfo Ibañez, Chile) and Jose Mayoral (GSD) in collaboration with Patrick Herron (GSD).
On April 22, 2015, Professor Rahul Mehrotra will moderate a conversation across disciplines about ephemerality in the landscapes of South Asian and Latin American cities. The panel DISCUSSING THE EPHEMERAL CITY will address the question about the role of the Ephemeral City in the broader discussion about urbanism globally.
This exhibition is presented by the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies (DRCLAS) and the South Asia Institute (SAI) and made possible in part by generous support from the Brillembourg and Brodsky Endowment Funds at DRCLAS and the Donald T. Regan Lecture Fund support for the SAI Arts Initiative, with the support of The Latin GSD and the IndiaGSD.