Temporary architecture like this could usher in evolving cities

Netherlands-based Paul de Ruiter Architects has designed a building that isn't supposed to stand the test of time. In fact, this parking structure is only supposed to last 10 years at least, and 20 at most. It's a concept to get excited about.

As for the Dutch parking structure itself, it's green in both appearance and construction. That filmy canopy would allow for light to enter the structure, for people inside to see out, and would facilitate natural ventilation. It also uses a heat recovery system that will keep the attendants of the structure warm, as well as the ramps from icing over.

The structure is slated to be completed by the end of the year using entirely recycled materials. In 10 to 20 years' time, it'll be broken down and the lot will be able to be turned into something else.

That's what's so exciting to us: the idea that structures in a city could evolve in use and shape as the city around it does. Then again, if it's the kind of building you'll need for a long time, all of a sudden you're left with a deteriorating structure and the prospect of building a new one — something that could be harder than just repurposing an old building in the first place.

Paul de Ruiter Architects, via Inhabitat