Open Call: Redesign the Burning Man City Plan

Open Call: Redesign the Burning Man City Plan

Correction Update: This article was first published on Sunday 16th August, and originally stated that "the Burning Man management team will ultimately select a winner" and that "the final design plan will be implemented for the 2017 event." However, since then it has been brought to our attention that this is not an official competition, and the Burning Man organization is not planning to update their current design.

ArchDaily would like to apologize for this grave error, which arose because we did not realize that the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning (BRCMUP) had no official ties to the organizers behind Burning Man, and is therefore not a part of Burning Man's management team. For their part, Burning Man have stated "we love the ingenuity of Burners and are curious to see what they come up with through this competition. We will certainly take a look at all the top designs in this competition, not just the winner, out of curiosity and admiration... But there are no plans to redesign Black Rock City."

The article has been updated to correct our errors. If you wish to find out more, you can do so at the competition website or Burning Man's blog post about the competition.

Since its inception in 1986, Burning Man has been a well-known stakeholder in experimental art and the greater artistic community. Each year, the theme, art, and participants are different, but for nearly two decades the general city plan has remained the same, reaching back to 1997. With this in mind, a group calling itself the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning (BRCMUP) has created the Black Rock City Street Plan Design Competition to redesign the urban plan of Burning Man.

Open to all internationally, the unofficial competition seeks a new city plan that will fit within the existing pentagonal boundaries of the event space, and that will center The Man and The Temple at its focus. Designs should additionally incorporate large open spaces to accommodate art installations, as well as ample camping space.

Safety considerations are also a priority in the competition—not only should plans be easily navigable for participants, but they should likewise provide direct access for emergency services.

The competition will be divided into two stages, with the first stage accepting single page submissions with brief statements. Stage one is also set to accept individual element submissions, for instance, a single roundabout, to be utilized in any final plans. After a public vote online, the top ten entries will advance to stage two, which will require more detailed street level designs. Again, the designs will be displayed publicly online, and the BRCMUP will select a winner and ultimately present it to the Burning Man management team for their consideration.

Registration is currently open, and stage one entries will be accepted from October through December 31. Stage two will run from January to May 2016.

Learn more about the competition and register, here.

News via the Black Rock City Ministry of Urban Planning.

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Cite: Sabrina Santos. "Open Call: Redesign the Burning Man City Plan" 20 Aug 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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