2020 National Planning Conference

Bringing Burning Man Off-Playa

Saturday, April 13, 2019, 1:15 p.m. - Saturday, April 13, 2019, 5:15 p.m. PDT

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Cost: $

Activity Type: Offsite Tours and Programming

Activity ID: NPC190006

Location: Depart from Moscone West - Mobile Workshop Departure Area

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  • Examine the challenges of protecting urban artist workspace in the face of economically competing uses.
  • Understand how the Burning Man Project is supporting place-based public art efforts worldwide.
  • Assess how Burning Man’s 10 principles might have value for community development in their own communities.


Every August, the Bay Area goes a little quieter as a significant chunk of its artists, innovators, seekers, and psychonauts head to the Black Rock Desert — but for what? Is it a festival? An ephemeral city? A bacchanal? A social sculpture? Join planners, artists, and Burning Man Project staff in learning more about this event, the community that surrounds it, and the ways that Burning Man shapes public art, culture, and city planning back in the “default world.”

Session Speakers

William Bulkley

Kristy Hilands
Burning Man
San Francisco

Beth Altshuler
Raimi + Associates
Berkeley, CA

Joanna K. Winter, AICP
City of Oakland Plng Comm
Oakland, CA