The Living Pavilion Report

So, what was the impact of The Living Pavilion? To answer this question, a multidisciplinary team of researchers worked together to investigate how the event space was successful in evoking a sense of ‘place’ at the University. The project incorporated a transdisciplinary research approach, including the use of qualitative and quantitative social research methods. A key source of data were anonymous online surveys, which gathered the opinions and views of 190 visitors.

A summary of the key findings is as follows:

  • The design and programming choices which forefronted Indigenous themes (both ecological and cultural) were the most popular spaces and events, with many participants expressing a desire and willingness to learn more about First Nation perspectives.
  • As a temporary event space, The Living Pavilion was successful in enhancing nature connection, with 77% of survey participants saying that they experienced an increased ‘oneness with nature’ and 88% stating that they felt more relaxed and de-stressed while visiting;
  • The influx of 40,000 Kulin Nation plants and Indigenous content of the festival were a major drawcard for attracting the wider community which in turn helped to break down barriers and create a ‘sense of community’ on campus. For instance, 69% of survey participants stating that they met new people;
  • The installation of Kulin Nation plants enhanced insect biodiversity by at least 27%;
  • The Living Pavilion assisted in inspiring future design and programming strategies, with the temporary design providing opportunities to assess people’s aesthetic responses to the plant selection, spatial design and programming for long-term potential.

Image Credits: Weaving experience at The Living Pavilion, Photo by Sarah Fisher.

It is hoped that the findings of the report will not only help identify further placemaking strategies for the University, but also the potential of temporary event spaces more broadly to act as ‘testing grounds’ for creating thriving socio-ecological places in the long-term.

The report features both an overview of process, design and programming of The Living Pavilion (Part 1) and the results of the transdisciplinary research that occurred alongside the project (Part 2). It documents the impact of the project through an assessment of place activation, Indigenous knowledge transfer, biodiversity benefit, pedagogical potential and social-ecological connection, as well as the capacity for these findings to inform future opportunities for the University site.

Download The Living Pavilion Research Report to take a look!

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