The Rise of Temporary and Pop-Up Architecture

Temporary structures offer an experimental means to look at design, construction technology, and use of materials.
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Sponsored by Vectorworks
Presented by Sarah Barrett

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discover the history and motivation behind creating temporary architecture for habitable and non-habitable spaces.
  2. Explore the design challenges of innovative approaches to material usage, experimentation, and progressive design solutions.
  3. Recognize the positive environmental implications of temporary architecture, including disassembling, reuse, and recycling.
  4. Identify the ways pop-up architecture concepts are being integrated into permanent and semipermanent structures in code-compliant manners.


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There is an increasing need for a structure, display, enclosure, or interactive space that can be temporary, flexible, and adaptable for different people, uses, or times. This temporary architecture, sometimes referred to as "pop-up architecture," allows for great creativity and potential time and cost savings during the construction process. This webinar will look at some ways pop-up architecture has been developed, used, and admired around the world.

Pop up Arch

Photo courtesy of 5468796 Architecture


Sarah Barrett, Architect Product Specialist, Vectorworks, brings more than a decade of experience as an architect and graphic designer, as well as professional expertise in the field of parametric modeling, to her role as an architect product specialist at Vectorworks. In addition to serving as an architectural expert and BIM specialist for the company, she helps create best practices for Marionette, the integrated algorithmic modeling tool in Vectorworks software. Sarah also leads webinars and workshops on a variety of industry topics and develops materials to help customers improve their workflows and design processes. She holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in architectural studies from Brown University.


Vectorworks, Inc. Vectorworks, Inc. is the developer of Vectorworks software, a line of industry-specific CAD and BIM solutions that help more than half a million design visionaries transform the world.


Originally published in January 2019