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Developing a site evaluation framework for ephemeral festivals and events: A study of Hillside Festival

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Title: Developing a site evaluation framework for ephemeral festivals and events: A study of Hillside Festival
Author: Walker, Kelsey
Department: School of Landscape Architecture
Advisor: Landman, Karen
Abstract: Ephemeral events are a vibrant part of the human experience. To make the site design of these events as functional as possible, a process of feedback and evaluation could be useful. Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) is a systematic evaluation of designed spaces often used in landscape architecture for permanent sites; however, no such method exists to apply to sites used for temporary events. Permanent and temporary sites vary greatly in the opportunities and constraints for evaluation. This study applies the principles of POE to Hillside Music Festival in Guelph, Ontario, and develops an evaluation framework that can be applied to other events. Data were collected over a three day period in July, 2010 using interviews, surveys, and observations. The results of this study provide a framework for conducting POE for ephemeral events, which will allow festival organizers to evaluate the site design of their events, and therefore improve patron enjoyment.
URI: https://hdl.handle.net/10214/25237
Date: 2011
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