Document Type

Thesis, Senior

Publication Date

Spring 2011

Degree

B. ARCH

Keywords

Burning Man, New York City, festivals, urban design

Language

English

Disciplines

Architecture

Description/Abstract

"Festivals, as modes of architectural production, can exist as provocations for change in our urban environments. The festival exists as a moment in time and as a distributed system which allows for the transformative capacity of space and the reconsidering of present conditions. Negotiating its temporality, the festival provides a critique on our current and primarily static architectural manifestations and their relationships to our rapidly changing social environments. Festival Urbanism is an experimental design which models a mode of architectural practice rooted in participatory design. Simultaneously as the architect, the planner, and the curator, I propose the construction a virtual domain to

generate an interactive architecture. By designing a call for proposals, asking how the free-spirited Burning Man festival could exist in the highly controlled Financial District of New York City, participants can begin to model transformations to the existing reality of the Financial District. This process focuses on using the capacity of Web 2.0 to foster design thinking and creation."

Additional Information

Gabriella Morrone, advised by Brian Lonsway and Jonathan Massey.

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