Performative Urban Design: How to do things with the city

Bidragets oversatte titel: Urbane performance designs: Hvordan man gør ting ved byen - og dens brugere

Publikation: Bidrag til bog/antologi/rapportKonferenceabstrakt i proceedingsForskning


Urban design has come to mean many things. From the architectural masterplans to the informal urban design in temporary spaces and event designs. The paper will focus on urban designs engaging urban designs. Engaging urban design can broadly be understood as temporary design installations inviting visitors and participants to engage and interact with the city.
Inspired by Lefebvre statement that "the most beautiful cities were those where festivals were not planned in advance” (Lefebvre 1987:36), I will discuss how urban designers can design engaging spaces, where the potentials of the city can unfold. Is it, for instance, the formal aesthetics of the design or rather the socio-cultural codes of the existing urban space that engage people?

The paper engages in three urban performance designs:
1) The 10th Avenue Plaza at the Highline in New York
2) The temporary installations at Boble Plads in the Carlsberg City in Copenhagen and
3) Dennis Design Center's workshop-office-stage-installation during the Metropolis Biennale in Copenhagen in August.
Finally I will discuss whether engagement with the city through design necessarily leads to a more democratic urban space.
Bidragets oversatte titelUrbane performance designs: Hvordan man gør ting ved byen - og dens brugere
TitelEngaging Spaces. The 10th Nordcode seminar at Roskilde University
RedaktørerErik Kristiansen
StatusUdgivet - 2011


  • Performance design
  • urban design
  • Staging
  • urban aesthetics
  • spatial production
  • urban imagination
  • interaction design

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