The Living Pavilion Research Methods

Three key institutions are undertaking a series of transdisciplinary research projects to study The Living Pavilion project through an arts, ecological and Indigenous knowledge lens and evaluate whether a temporary festival can successfully produce a ‘place’.

The Living Pavilion festival is a recyclable, biodegradable, edible and biodiverse temporary event space. The unique design brings together Indigenous knowledge systems, community arts, theatre, sustainable design and ecological science to showcase how transdisciplinary initiatives can sow the seeds of community vitalisation and environmental stewardship.

The project is engaging with a transdisciplinary research design informed by the collaborative efforts of researchers from the THRIVE Hub (Melbourne School of Design), Clean Air and Urban Landscapes Hub (CAUL) of the National Environmental Science Program and The New Student Precinct (The University of Melbourne).

The research design will be informed by a variety of different social, qualitative and quantitative research methods that will occur before, during and after the festival. These combined methods will accumulate data to feed seven sub-projects, as outlined in the diagram below.

Research Methods

Research Projects


The Living Pavilion research strategy will investigate the success of the project through an assessment of biodiversity, air quality, microclimate, social connection, community typologies & engagement, place-attachment and co-design processes. The sub-projects will also establish whether this temporary festival space can elicit a ‘place’ and contribute to the outcomes of the Rating Place project.

Sub Projects

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