How housing experiments at Burning Man could help refugees

Seems like this sort of thing does more to help the world than panel discussions…maybe BMP should invest in some Yurts for refugees. Hey, give ’em a bike while we’re at it, why not?

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Camping on ‘Extraterrestrial’, one of the ‘streets’ at Burning Man 2013
Camping on ‘Extraterrestrial’, one of the ‘streets’ at Burning Man 2013

The desert festival in Nevada is inspiring new ideas about temporary homes and contemporary living

The question of building instant, post-trauma communities for the 21st century is one that has racked brains from Syria to New Orleans and Dhaka, but some of the answers could be provided by an experimental festival held every year in a North American desert. 

Burning Man is set in the inhospitable Black Rock desert of Nevada where, this week, 70,000 hippies, techies and adventurers will get down to some serious circus stunts, dancing and nightlong pyrotechnics. Costumes range from a human eyeball to camouflage-style queens in full regalia.

Yet, among these curious desert blooms, it is possible to find some radical, sustainable architecture.

Vinay Gupta, inventor of the Hexayurt, first tested his prototype cardboard living structure at Burning Man in 2003. He believes…

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3 comments on “How housing experiments at Burning Man could help refugees

  1. Unless the grandiose Temple of Transition, 2011 by Chris Hankins, Diarmaid Horkan and the International Art Megacrew (would be nice to have some captions in this kind of infomercial) or the Dadaist Temple of Honor, 2003 by David Best and the Temple crew, are considered “housing experiments that could help refugees” I haven’t seen any images related to the title. Too bad, a misnomer. Temple of Transition photo, is it Scott London?


    • I agree about the irrelevance of the photographs. In what read like an thinly veiled advertisement for Burning Man, I ultimately found the piece distracting to the point of becoming unreadable. So, I admit this comment is malinformed, as I felt unable to read the piece in question, to its conclusion.


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