Influence of a temporary space in long-term design – TLP Legacy

This research project forms part of a series of subprojects associated with The Living Pavilion, a temporary festival that aims to illuminate Indigenous and ecological knowledge of past and present, foster collaboration across disciplines, and share and celebrate the uniqueness and potential of ‘place’.

Research team

Dr Tanja Beer, Dr Rimi Khan, Mark Gillingham

Project objective

The site where The Living Pavilion is located, is a site that, over the next five years will form part of a major redevelopment to create the New Student Precinct. We aim to evaluate the legacy that a short-term intervention can have in the long-term development planned for the area.

Key research questions

What areas of the intervention were the most popular and valuable for the staff and students accessing the area and why?
What kinds of student values were represented in TLP and how can these elements be incorporated in the-long-term-design?


With work starting in mid-2019, the New Student Precinct is a redevelopment project of 37,050m2 that will deliver nine new or refurbished buildings and shared spaces for the staff, students, and extended community surrounding the University. While a different subproject focuses on the cultural shift in response to the co-creation and community building strategies (see Subproject ) this project will examine how the initiatives trialed within the Living Pavilion can inform the long-term activation of the New Student Precinct.

New Student Precinct, Schematic Design Report – August 2018 (Lyons Architecture).1

New Student Precinct, Schematic Design Report – August 2018. Image by Lyons Architecture

Birdseye View, New Student Precinct, Schematic Design Report – August 2018. Image by Lyons Architecture

Mark Gillingham, from GLAS Urban, is one of the landscape architects working on the design of the shared areas of the ‘New Student Precinct’. Becoming a part of this team, he will draw from the information produced by the research project to advocate for modifications on the landscape design should the need arise.

To learn more about the redevelopment plans, please visit ‘The New Student Precinct’ website.

Why is this research important?

Placemaking can often be considered a tokenistic approach on fail to achieve the long-term benefits expected. It is critical to take action documenting the partnerships arising between the placemaker and designers to understand the mechanisms leading to projects with long-term legacy.