The Street as a Temporary Eventscape

By Andrew Furman.

Published by The Humanities Collection

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Beginning with a broader context of planning strategy, specifically looking at the opportunities found within the master plan documents in an urban realm, the paper will focus on transformations possible at the street-level. These transformations are tactical in nature; responding to the (perceived) long-term programmatic strategies instigated by urban planning. The paper offers a contrast between two methods of introducing street-level transformations to existing streets: one is a design-led process exploring the potential of a reflexive approach to pedestrian re-routing on account of construction disruption typically found in the everyday reality of maintenance and refurbishment; the other is a community-led reimagination of a neighbourhood through a seasonal/event-rich intervention that is simple in its introduction and rich in its results.

Keywords: Pedestrian, Commercial Streets, Transformations, Temporary Use, Public Art, Thresholds, Eventscape

The International Journal of the Humanities, Volume 5, Issue 9, pp.77-84. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.407MB).

Andrew Furman

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Communication and Design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presented in Prato, Humanities Conference, Manchester, Oslo, Toronto--on the themes of the public realm, street design, education, temporary structures, pedestrian spaces Chapter in Transportable Environments 3, Edited by Kronenberg/Klassen, 2004. full-tme professor at the school of design, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada Currently working on student pedestrian design competition with results to be ready for Oct 2007, research on temporary event spaces in the street/building interface, street furniture, and risk in design practice. Lives and works in Toronto, Canada.


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