Burning Man 2020 Temple Proposal
"They call it the multiverse. It’s a cosmos in which there are multiple universes. And by multiple, I mean an infinite number. These uncountable realms sit side by side in higher dimensions that our senses are incapable of perceiving directly. Each alternate universe carries its own different version of reality.” – Stuart Clark
Holon is the outcome of intensive collaboration from Planet Collective,which consist of a multi-disciplinary team of burners. ´Holon´ (Greek: oλον, holon neuter form of oλος, holos "whole") is a phenomenon that is a whole in itself as well as a part of a larger system.
The word was used by Arthur Koestler in his book “The Ghost in the Machine” (1967, p.48). It can be conceived as systems nested within each other. Every entity can be considered a holon, from a subatomic particle to the universe as a whole. In fact, everything around us and inside us -the universe- is essentially a vast chain of holarchies. In the design concept for our proposal, the temple represents itself as the multiverse, a set of nested universes; a holon.
Planet collective designed a fully wooden structure for the community the ambition was to create a raw, simple yet complex, interior space, defined by a rational structure composed of columns and gradual horizontal rings. These 35 trusses connect at the top in a compression ring, and connected with 34 horizontal rings, each one representing one year of Burning Man’s existence. As burners approach the center, the structure appears lighter and thinner opening up towards the sky.
Space-time sustains the universe. In the Temple´s vertical structure, time is represented by 48 columns, celebrating the perfect geometrical setup of Black Rock City and as an homage to Larry Harvey. The intellectual foundation of this layout was noted as “open in the front, open to infinity”. The spot that stands as the last large landmark before reaching this “infinity” is the Temple, beyond which lies a scattering of artworks and projects. Holon will be at the edge of where Burning Man brings order to chaos, where it represents itself as a universe within a universe. The Multiverse of Black Rock City.
Our collective consist of a multidisciplinary group of architects, designers, structural and lighting engineers, parametric experts, contractors and astrologists. Many of them are active Burners and have successfully built large scale art, mutant vehicles, theme camps and performed community services during previous editions of Burning Man. And hold vast experience in events of up to 2,500 people, never compromising community values and relationships.
The building is conceived to provoke a journey in space and time. When Burners enter the Temple, they will see a replica as centrepiece, inside of which there will be a smaller replica, this creates the understanding of the multiverse in which we co-exist.
HOW TO BUILD
The temple fulfills the architectural, structural and functional aspects at the same time as the structure forms the architecture and the horizontal rings respond to the functional setup of Holon. The interior horizontal rings transform into continuous seats while the exterior rings converge to the lower part of the temple, protecting its interior from extreme weather and sandstorms.
LEAVE NO TRACE
Our structure is fully designed and build with wood to respect the Burning tradition. We have given ourselves the mission to offset the pollution created while burning by planting enough trees to cancel out the carbon emissions generated.
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