Buildings Meant to Last
|Black Sea, 2006|
Nevertheless, and perhaps without our realizing it, the distinction between buildings meant to last and buildings meant to be temporary is still part of our contemporary landscape, and if we do not as yet recognize it that is because we still think in terms of Renaissance permanence. But while seem to have drastically shortened the life span of the building as landmark, we have also shortened the life span of the temporary building -- dwelling, place of work, place of recreation. Often unnoticed by the architectural historian, who is almost exclusively concerned with public or institutional building, there has emerged over the last century… a vast number of structures designed and built to last for a period measured in a few years if not in months….