Ephemeral Domesticity: Campsite

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Issue Vol. 7 No. 1 (2024)
Published Jan 29, 2024
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v7i1.329
Submitted : Mar 30, 2023 | Accepted : Jul 9, 2023

Julia Capomaggi


The fleeting nature of life and the resulting transformation of inhabited spaces into artefacts that take on different socio-spatial forms through temporary shelters such as cabins, tents, and trailers is a major theme explored particularly in the 1960s and 1970s that introduced the concept of time into the formation of transient communities. This article focuses on the issue of the endless interior generated by transience in group living linked to tourism and recreational leisure, specifically elective nomadism, which represents alternative models of colonisation and the relationship between habitat and nature. Although the origins of these ideas can be traced back to projects and manifestos of experiments in utopian cities, some aspects of these avant-garde principles can be seen in communities linked to vacation, leisure, and free time today. Lastly, the campsites in Girona serve as an example and case study where these theoretical principles have been spontaneously implemented and are now subject to regulation. They have shaped a model where the city is internalised and transformed into an expanded model of domesticity.

Keywords: ephemeral city, camping, domesticity, endless interior, tourism

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Capomaggi, J. (2024). Ephemeral Domesticity: Campsite. Interiority, 7(1), 5–24. https://doi.org/10.7454/in.v7i1.329
Author Biography

Julia Capomaggi, University of Girona, Spain

Julia Capomaggi is a co-founder of the architect firm JL_Office with Lluís Ortega. She obtained her PhD from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), master’s degree in Architecture from Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB-UPC), and degree in Architecture from the National University of Rosario (UNR), Argentina and ETSAS, Spain. Currently, she is a Serra Húnter professor at the University of Girona (UdG), Spain. Before joining UdG, she was an assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) (2011–2020) and taught at the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura del Vallès (ETSAV-UPC) (2019–2021), Elisava (2019–2022), Boston Architectural College (BAC), and National University of Rosario (UNR), Argentina. Her work has been recognised with awards and distinctions, among them are the Europan, AIA, MCHAP, AJAC, FADEA and published in magazines such as FLAT OUT, PLOT, Pasajes de Arquitectura, and Arquitectura Viva. Her work has been exhibited in Venice, Barcelona, Rosario, and Chicago.


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