SXSW 2018

City Building, Creativity, & Burning Man

Every year in the Nevada desert, thousands of volunteers come together to plan, build, and dismantle Black Rock City, the home of Burning Man. This ongoing experiment in urbanism creates a context in which creativity, innovation, and celebration thrive. How is that context created, and to what extent is it mirrored in the reimagining of other cities? This panel explores how creating context through urban planning can lead to thriving creative communities and engaged citizens worldwide.

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  1. What are the conditions that can be created within which creativity and innovation flourish in a city environment?
  2. What is the role that the “built environment” plays in fostering healthy social interactions and livable communities?
  3. How are urban planners increasingly using art strategies to develop cities?



Kim Cook, Director, Art & Civic Engagment, Burning Man

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: Design
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced
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