This is Black Rock City

Photographer and author Phillippe Glade has put together an excellent collection of photos of different types of Burning Man accomodation.


For the weeklong Burning Man festival, a temporary city is built in the Black Rock Desert in northwestern Nevada where every year more than 50 000 participants endure extremely harsh living conditions to create an artistic community unique in the world.They settle on a clearly defined layout  organically improved over two decades of  adaptation to the growth of its population and ever increasing regulations that govern a private event held on public land. The Leave No Trace, Self-reliance and Decommodification principles condition the nature of this habitat and demand a new approach to urban planning and the viability of temporary dwellings.To survive in style or not a scorching sun, destructive gusts of windand the omnipresent dust, Burners, forward-looking citizens, come up with solo and communal camps, the fruition of year-long preparations along with sheer improvisation, to create an ephemeral architecture that will vanish leaving deep memories and no trace. I recorded these images after countless hours bicycling around Black Rock City to keep traces of this profound urban experiment.These photos are the gift I received from this thriving, yet physically ephemeral community.

via This is Black Rock City.

3 comments on “This is Black Rock City

  1. Pingback: The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man | Burners.Me: Me, Burners and The Man

  2. At the least go thru Phillippe’s web site. It is a gem. And if you do not already have a copy of his book ” BRC, The Ephemeral Architecture of BM” it should be on your short list in this years preparations for coming home.

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