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On July 28, the BMW Guggenheim Lab investigated two of qualities that are widely perceived in the field of architecture to be stamps of quality: durability and permanence. Government programs around the world aim to increase the lifespan of buildings, and being built to last is often taken as an indication of skilled construction. But is being long lasting the most important quality for buildings? What could we gain by seeing architecture as temporary, mobile, flexible and ephemeral?

These were a few of the questions we asked in a panel that brought together various experts including Teddy Cruz, Estudio Teddy Cruz; Robert Kronenberg, Roscoe Chair of Architecture, University of Liverpool, School of Architecture; Jürgen Mayer H.; Lena Kleinheinz, Magma Architecture; and Peter Fattinger, Design-Build.

BMW Guggenheim Lab
Pfefferberg, Schönhauser Allee 176
Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin

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Date added: Aug 3

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