The Entertainment Design Corporation is pleased to submit three alternate masterplans for Black Rock City

This plan is submitted by Francesca Nicolas and Alex Calle.

See Birds Eye view and Site Plan at the following link:

This mathematical plan and organizing structure is informed by three circles within the pentagram. The concept does not change the current alignment of The Temple and The Man as it conforms with the sacred sights of the world aligning to the Sirius star system.

Some of the ideas expressed in this masterplan embody suggestions from veteran Burners.

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- A total reorganization of the master plan by creating Two Playas

One Playa has the Man at it center; the other Playa has the Temple at its center. The Main Camp sits at the center of the intersecting rings, at the heart of the sight and is split in two so that there is a visual connection between The Man and the Temple.

Design Element 2- Providing a Center Camp Location at the heart of the site.

The Center Camp is split in two and each camp is serviced by separate access roads from the outer perimeter.

Design Elements 3 - Main Access Routes through Camp

Access highways, radially extending from the two Playas to the outer perimeter, allow for smaller circulation nodes that can accommodate wayfinding towers. 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 towers will act like a road map in the sky. The towers could also be accessed by the participants and additionally function as observation towers.

Design Element 4 - Mid-Level Ring Road

Two inner ring roads provide mid-city circulation around the two Playas. The highways terminate at the Center Camp. These mid-city circulation roads lead participants to 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 - The End Zone

The area of camps and big clubs facing the desert has now been spilt in two. Each Playa faces an opposite direction with a desert view on the outer radius of each circle.

Design Element 6 - Expansion Area for Future Development

The suggested towers and the additional Temple Playa 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 suggested and then reviewed by the 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.