Jed Long
Architecture of (Im)permanence
An architect dreams that their building is permanent, alas they are thwarted by time. We want to be timeless, we want to cancel time. But the act of making does not ensure permanence. If we ignore time we make only objects. Objects that are both durable and disposable. We may aspire for permanent newness. But we create only permanent waste. Instead, collaborate with entropy. Architecture is contingent on others. As such it is never finished. It merely occupies a moment within a cycle of construction and destruction. Architecture is impermanent. Let us design for that.