Please check out and participate in this festival I have produced as a part of a larger study of my thesis project…


Relocating Burning Man

“Burning Man is an annual art event and temporary community based on radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.” Between August 28th – September 5th, roughly 50,000 participants spend 8 days transforming the barren playa outside of the Gerlach Empire into a temporal metropolis. Governed by 10 Principles the festival has grown into a counter-cultural event in opposition to the existing capitalist-driven milieu.

Official Burning Man Website

“Ten Principles
Radical Inclusion
Anyone may be a part of Burning Man. We welcome and respect the stranger. No prerequisites exist for participation in our community.

Burning Man is devoted to acts of gift giving. The value of a gift is unconditional. Gifting does not contemplate a return or an exchange for something of equal value.

In order to preserve the spirit of gifting, our community seeks to create social environments that are unmediated by commercial sponsorships, transactions, or advertising. We stand ready to protect our culture from such exploitation. We resist the substitution of consumption for participatory experience.

Radical Self-reliance
Burning Man encourages the individual to discover, exercise and rely on his or her inner resources.

Radical Self-expression
Radical self-expression arises from the unique gifts of the individual. No one other than the individual or a collaborating group can determine its content. It is offered as a gift to others. In this spirit, the giver should respect the rights and liberties of the recipient.

Communal Effort
Our community values creative cooperation and collaboration. We strive to produce, promote and protect social networks, public spaces, works of art, and methods of communication that support such interaction.

Civic Responsibility
We value civil society. Community members who organize events should assume responsibility for public welfare and endeavor to communicate civic responsibilities to participants. They must also assume responsibility for conducting events in accordance with local, state and federal laws.

Leaving No Trace
Our community respects the environment. We are committed to leaving no physical trace of our activities wherever we gather. We clean up after ourselves and endeavor, whenever possible, to leave such places in a better state than when we found them.

Our community is committed to a radically participatory ethic. We believe that transformative change, whether in the individual or in society, can occur only through the medium of deeply personal participation. We achieve being through doing. Everyone is invited to work. Everyone is invited to play. We make the world real through actions that open the heart.

Immediate experience is, in many ways, the most important touchstone of value in our culture. We seek to overcome barriers that stand between us and a recognition of our inner selves, the reality of those around us, participation in society, and contact with a natural world exceeding human powers. No idea can substitute for this experience.”

As existing, Burning Man is removed from society and exists as a space to create art, a city, and a community upon a “blank canvas”. It exists in opposition to the normal, the everyday. But what if Burning Man was stripped of its “black canvas” and forced to exist within the spaces of our everyday lives? What can art/architecture become without starting with a “blank canvas” but rather an underlay? Re-locating the festival in Lower Manhattan will impose on the event an existing set of conditions, infrastructures, and systems in which it must simultaneously respond to, engage with, disengage from, paint over, or leave untouched. This absurd juxtaposition will reconstruct the ideals of the festival to produce change in our existing environments.

A New Edge Condition for Manhattan

The questions I am currently dissecting are:
How will Burning Man be transformed to exist within Lower Manhattan?
How will Lower Manhattan react to and be transformed by this temporal festival?

Final Thesis Prep Book

Seen here is the current status of my thesis book which will be revised and edited throughout the coming semester.

The Abstract: Take Two

Welcome to the Urban Revolution: How Cities are Changing the World by Jeb Brugmann

This document was created for Crisis City’s Pecha-Kucha event where we presented and discussed books relating to crisis and/or cities.

“The evolution of individual cities into a city system, which [Jeb Brugmann] calls the City, has radically changed the relationship between local and global affairs. Through the City, local conditions and events…are amplified into global events and accelerated into global trends…” (5).

It provides an overview of understanding cities and systems while looking at examples of how to develop the increasingly urbanized world. The Crisis City manifesto aligns well with Brugmann’s ideas of bottom-up activism, the increasing value of urban environments, the need to design for and with local environments, and architecture relating to (not dismissing) social, political, and environmental conditions.

The Abstract: Take One

PARK(ing) Day Spot

Poster for Parking Day

Poster for The Front at PARK(ing) DAY

Please come and visit us Friday September 17th @ 320 S. Clinton Street!!

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