Recording Ephemera 

Public Performance Space

Design Critic: Ingrid Strong

Studio: WIT/Spring 2014/

Site: North End, Boston MA

Design in collaboration

with Gregory Jimmie

Award: 2nd Place Winner,

Urban Path Competition

Published on: WAr volume 5

“I have also a flower.”

“We do not record flowers.” said the geographer.

“Why is that? The flower is the most beautiful thing on my planet!”

“We do not record them,” said the geographer,“because they are ephemeral.”

“What does that mean -- ‘Ephemeral’?” […]


“It means, ‘which is in danger of speedy disappearance’.”


- The Little Prince [1943]

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Permanency of the existing site gives a formal demarcation to the North End, leaving a static impression to the landscape. Drawing from this

condition, the intervention seeks to emphasize temporality: moving, changing, performing - qualities

which appear absent from the fixed landscape. The unmoving profile of the site then becomes a backdrop to the Ephemera.

Vertical elements reflect the immediate [passerby movement] and the eventual [seasonal changes and weathering], lending themselves to be performative.

These polished aluminum verticals allow one to move with them, dance with them, see [with them, in them, through them].

The position of the verticals derives from an existing spatial hierarchy created by the trees. These verticals create fragments of spaces, opening and closing

views through their specific 

arrangement. Between two spaces, these elements rotate, becoming interactive thresholds. Sectionally, the vertical

elements blur hard edges of rectilinear spaces while a fine mist is introduced to obscure the horizontal boundary between the two performing stages. Mist

is formless, morphing itself with the surrounding to create a sense of space.


Through this investigation, the intervention is the sensitive device that records the ephemera.