Saturday, June 12, 2010

Metropolis : Burning Man 2010 Theme

This is part of a blog about this year's theme at Burning Man. It is about a city, ". . .in tandem with this culture, Black Rock City has also spawned a host of public agencies. These address such needs as health and safety, communication, conflict resolution, art and theme camp placement, land use planning, and the construction and maintenance of civic infrastructure. Our Department of Mutant Vehicles (DMV) and Department of Public Works (DPW) are institutions such as one might find in any normal city. The melding of this governmental infrastructure with a deeply rooted ethic of participation makes our city an intriguing model that can be applied to urban planning in the larger world.

I would like to see if IFRT's program can discuss how, or if, intellectual freedom values permeate Black Rock City. How does the theme of Metropolis fit into the larger picture of a civic society and intellectual freedom concepts?

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