This superb camp was designed and built by GuildWorks, founded by Mar C. Ricketts, who by serendipity was featured in my book (now sold-out) with his poetic installation Flight of the Future Seed in 2006.
This architect of the air also designed last year Golden Rebar winner for best camp design Sacred Spaces Village.
This is Black Rock City
The Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man
This might sound too much down to Earth but the most important thing at BRC beyond feathered war bonnets and the headliners list at noise dubstep camps is your shelter.
The nature of the city encourages a wide variety of living accommodations tantamount to the art installations visible on the Playa. There is not one answer to the numerous environmental challenges present in the Black Rock Desert, a lot of participants come up with many valuable and forward-looking solutions to accommodate life where it is impossible.
Year after year, Black Rock City organically sets itself as a unique testing ground for individual or collective structures that could be implemented in the near future for emergency relief situations.
This year, 2014 (my 18th burn), the streets of BRC were bursting with either small or huge shelters as well as makeshift or well planned camps. It was the year of the connectors, several designers came up with metal, wood or acetate resin nodes, resulting in easy to pack and assemble structures.
The city became more than ever a vibrant laboratory for daring creators looking in different directions to solve the equation of a simply built, extremely resistant, not too expensive and easy to haul shelter.
Because they are not mentioned on any maps I have to explore relentlessly all the streets of my dusty city in search of the diamond in the rough.
The result of this urban exploration is this blog and these Golden Rebars that, hopefully, with discernment and a bit of zaniness I award on the merits of creativity, design and architectural breakthrough.
Photos and Blog thanks to:
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