Ephemeral Design for Social Interaction Course


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John Gillen, Irini Vazanellis, Stan Vrebos

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Intermediate / Advanced


625 €


Dates may be modified and courses may be canceled depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

Temporary Pleasure is a collective of architects, event producers, and night club creatives generating new ways to imagine, build, and use the club – together.

So, what makes a club? Join us for five days of lectures and design workshops where we will explore the design of night club spaces and work hands-on as a team to make an ephemeral installation.

During this week-long workshop we will investigate:

  • Activating found spaces with minimal infrastructure and materials
  • Using temporary architecture and programming to platform local energies and voices
  • Empowering club creatives to build DIY dance floors
  • Putting design into practice by building a prototype

Research and Background

Learn about the history of club spaces, club architecture and the problems facing the nightlife industry and club communities today.

Design Development and Production

Develop a design for a temporary club space using minimal infrastructure and materials.

Build and Test a Prototype

Build a prototype ephemeral club installation in a multidisciplinary team.

This workshop is facilitated by Temporary Pleasure, a rave architecture collective generating new ways to imagine, use and build the club together. Instagram: @temporary.pleasure 

John Gillen

Director, Temporary Pleasure

John is an architect, producer and author with over 10 years’ experience in club architecture, temporary space design, and event production. Having worked in clubs since he could walk, he witnessed the decline of the nightlife industry in his native Ireland and the rest of the world. He launched Temporary Pleasure, a rave architecture collective dedicated to designing and developing the next generation of clubs, and after studying the Masters of Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces at Elisava, ran a pilot workshop in Barcelona. Temporary Pleasure’s pop-up spaces, events and design workshops empower creatives to build DIY venues which respond to the needs of local scenes and communities.

Irini Vazanellis

Workshop Facilitator and Project Manager, Temporary Pleasure

Irini is a project manager with an aptitude for communications who has worked in design and construction for over 10 years – working on projects ranging from skyscrapers to temporary art installations and everything in between. She studied the Bachelor of Structural Engineering at the University of Melbourne and the Masters of Ephemeral Architecture and Temporary Spaces at Elisava. Irini facilitates Temporary Pleasure’s design workshops and coordinates the multidisciplinary, international team.

Stan Vrebos

Lead Architect, Temporary Pleasure

Stan is an architect working on temporary occupations in the city which reimagine and bring new life to vacant public space in contemporary ways to benefit the young community. For over five years he has specialised in festival and rave architecture, leading architecture workshops and constructing club venues. As Temporary Pleasure’s lead architect, Stan guides the space design process with a sensitivity to material selection, innovative and practical construction methods and plenty of hands-on experience.