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Event, Melbourne, AUSTRALIA.

URBAN Reality
URBAN Landscape
URBAN Strategies
URBAN Transformations
URBAN Interventions
URBAN Environments
URBAN Cities


Development occurs in a state of flux and we must learn to design and construct an urban environment that embraces continual transition. Temporary use is the opposite of the masterplan: it starts out from context and the current condition, not from a distant goal; it seeks to use what already exists rather than inventing everything anew; it is concerned with small places and brief spans of time as well as the conditions at various points in time. Temporary uses are symptoms of an alternative understanding to urban planning, rather than leaving development to government and the economy alone, they explore an appropriation of the city.* Temporary urban landscapes therefore offer a unique opportunity for design events of limited life to exist, injecting the urban environment with playfulness, imagining possible futures that are experiential and adaptive.

The challenge aims to bring together creative minds both nationally and internationally to compete in an action packed and hands on design competition that responds to this year’s State of Design festival theme “design that moves.” Participants will establish teams, live on location and be given a site, a brief, and a budget to create their public space project.

Each team will be given exactly 3 days to complete the task required. Mini challenges awarding bonus prizes and giving individual teams the chance to earn bonus time, bonus materials and helping hands will be offered along the way giving teams the opportunity to step up the competition.

* Haydn, Florian and Temel, Robert, 2006, Temporary urban Spaces, birkhauser, Basel Switzerland