By Jeremy Railton of EDC from USAView another randomly chosen design?
The Entertainment Design Corporation is please to submit three alternate masterplan submissions for Black Rock City .
This design is submitted by Jeremy Railton.
See Birds Eye view and Site Plan at the following link:
This mathematical plan and organizing structure is the fusion of the sacred geometry of the pentagram of Abundance and Creativity.
This concept does not change the current alignment as it conforms with the sacred sights of the world aligning to the Sirius star system.
The ideas expressed here in response to the competition document are an extension of the existing master plan based on improvements that can be visualized after many years of participating in the Burning Man experience.
Throughout the design process, the more traditional methods of reassessment, of special needs for expansion in the future, operational issues, circulation of the participants, way-finding and view sights were adhered to.
As this is to be a place for generations to gather and theme, universal design also became central to the overall concept of providing infrastructure and not themes.
The layout is based around the following six Design Elements:
Design Element 1 - Decreasing the Diameter of the Esplanade around the Playa
Claiming some areas for Theme Camps from the Playa and extending the Playa into the Theme Camps has the effect of providing the same square footage for both Playa and Theme Camps and actually increasing the Playa frontage for the bigger Theme Camps by at least 30%.
Design Element 2 - Providing Two Additional Main Camp Locations
By providing two additional slightly smaller Main Camp locations at the opposite side of the Playa, we increase the accessibility for participants and relieve some of the massive crowding that has happened at Main Camp in the last few years
Design Element 3 - Four Main Access Routes through Camp
By creating four main access highways through the camp sites to the Man, we will facilitate circulation and way-finding. On the outer ring and the beginning of the highways are four 40-foot towers provided as infrastructure that can be dressed every year to fit the theme. Each tower will have a recognizable signifier, either shape or color. Thus, participants can easily identify their quadrant at a glance, while at night lasers between the four towers will bring attention to them as well as being nodes for the pentagon.
Along the highway, midway to the Playa, will be a Ring Island, a good location for an attraction or an installation. These circles also function as nodes for the inner ring circulation. The highways terminate in the indent of the Playa, effectively bringing the Playa closer to the guests.
The four different shaped towers on the perimeter provide a simple visual clue as to the position of the quadrants. Police and emergency service could be located at the base of the towers. The towers could also be accessed by the participants and additionally function as observation towers.
Design Element 4 - Mid-Level Ring Road
There is a mid-level circulation road that hits the previously indicated nodes. If an art-car shuttle service is ever developed, this would be the path that the shuttle would occupy. It is along this access road that the toilets would be located, midpoint to all of the camps.
Design Element 5 - Temple Zone
The area of camps and the big clubs facing the desert has been closed in, thus providing more sites, but without spoiling the view to the outer desert. The addition of the two main camps to the big clubs location has the effect of attracting participants to be closer to the temple whist not destroying the contemplative nature of the Temple zone.
Design Element 6 - Expansion Area for Future Development
The suggested towers and circulation nodes have the effect of bringing art and experiences closer to the outer ring or suburbs. Expansion of camping sites would be accommodated by simply adding rings on the outer edges but the nodes and towers would bring art to the outer circle.
Positions of the EMT and police would be similar to the current plan but should be reviewed by site operations.
In addition to our own experience, we consulted with a number of veteran Burners and their input helped to shape these concepts.
Their top two comments:
• There was a need for transport and shuttle service.
• By bringing center camps to the opposite side, getting coffee and ice did not have to be a half day trip.