Burning Plan - En kulturbærende emergent kulturplan i praksis

Joakim Christensen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


This master thesis aims to design a new urban city plan for the festival Burning Man, which reflects the needs of the festivals participants as well as the festival culture, to a greater extent than the present one. The need for a new city plan is reflected in the fact that a group of regular festivalgoers has formed a group called Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning, with the purpose of challenging the existing plan, by accepting online submissions in a competition aimed at creating a more participatory design solution. The theoretical basis of Mikhail Bakhtin’s term carnevalesque is applied to understand the essence of the festival’s culture and ethos. In order to understand which identifying symbols guides us through a city, Kevin Lynch’s five elements is applied. These are then used as tools in the design process, combined with Emergent Urbanism as an inspirational source. The purpose of applying a reformed version of the Royal Institute of British Architects Plan of Work, with the addition of a Creative Site Survey, is to create a method for collecting empirical knowledge, which is based on a cross-disciplinary design practice, thereby honoring the festival’s participatory culture. The result is a city plan that is a reflection of the festival’s culture and ethos, with a more emergent look and increased orientation, compared to the existing plan.  

UddannelserPlan, By og Proces, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato20 feb. 2016
VejledereMartin Severin Frandsen


  • City Planning
  • Lynch
  • Emergent
  • Festival
  • Collaborative
  • Burning Man
  • Participatory