IND. Transient Spaces

Transient Spaces is a curated collection of essays and projects about the impact that mass migration is having on cities around the world.


The book examines transience as a force of opportunity and resilience in the design of cities and includes contributions from such notable writers and thinkers as Michael Sorkin and Saskia Sassen. Rahul Mehrotra, Eyal Weizman, and Deen Sharp have reviewed the book and contributed book blurbs.

Transient Spaces is edited by Loukia Tsafoulia, Suzan Wines and Samantha Ong. It is published by the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture at The City College of New York.














Two evenings of discussions around the themes and ideas explored in the book were part of the Sciame Fall 2019 Lecture Series and celebrated the book's publication.

On October 10, 2019, Rahul Mehrotra, architect, urban designer, and professor at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University gave a presentation titled, “Transience Across Scales: Reflections from India.” It was followed by the presentation of Filiep DeCorte, Deputy Director of UN-Habitat’s New York Liaison Office, titled, “Quito Papers: The Science of Urbanization and the Co-Production of the Open City.”

The night of November 7, 2019 featured the presentations of Saskia Sassen, the Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology at Columbia University and author of numerous books including Expulsions: Brutality and Complexity in the Global Economy, and of Håvard Breivik, architect, professor at the Oslo School of Architecture and Design (AHO) and member of the Norwegian Refugee Council’s emergency standby roster (NORCAP).

The evening of November 7 also culminated in the official book release of Transient Spaces. The event was well-received and attended by students, faculty, and guests in celebration of the work. Everyone was invited to examine the excerpts of the book alongside along light snacks and refreshments.