‘Krump Park’ is a competition to design a pop-up park for the ‘Art of Buck’ krumping event taking place in Les Erdi Plaza, a site sandwiched between Flinders St Train Station, the Yarra River, Sandridge Bridge and SIGNAL art space.



Photos by Rachel Main

The design competition is part of the ‘This Public Life 2015 Festival of Landscape Architecture‘ and explores the theme ‘Participation + Spectacle.’  The competition invites the participation of RMIT students from across all art and design disciplines to form small teams and submit design proposals for the competition.

The plaza is a bare underutilised space, used as a thoroughfare by up to 10,000 pedestrians a day travelling between Southbank and Flinders Street Station. The competition invites student teams to consider the performative opportunities of this busy thoroughfare and to submit a design proposal that provide surfaces to sit, stand, observe from and participate in the krumping event.

While the competition is focused on the specificity of the krumping event, the submission should suggest future design opportunities that transform the plaza from a place that people pass through, to a place that encourages people to pause and inhabit in new ways.

The design should be inclusive and accessible to people of all abilities.

Submissions must be highly resolved, including construction drawings that would allow the winning team to begin constructing components immediately.


[week 1] Thursday 23 July – Release competition brief + Mid year O-week stall [Founders’ Celebration]
[week 4] Tuesday 11 August – Interim crit. [tbc]
[week 6] Monday 24 August – Competition entries due and exhibited
[week 6] Thursday 27 August – Competition judged and winner announced at evening exhibition closing party
[week 6.5] Monday 31 August – 6 Sept – Mid semester break
[week 12] Friday 16 October – Bump-in at Les Erdi Plaza Signal
[week 12] Saturday 17 October – Art of Buck krumping performance
[week 12] Sunday 18 October – Bump-out



Timber + fixings [build at RMIT]

Scaffolding bars + fixings [delivered directly to SIGNAL on Friday 26 October]

Vinyl / lino flooring for krump and break dancers


The design should consist of modular components that can be pre-built at RMIT and delivered to Les Erdi Plaza in a van or a small truck.

Note: Individual modules should NOT be heavier than 12kg or larger than 600 cubic mm to comply with RMIT manual handling policy.


Use $2000 as a guide. We recommend designing one module costed at $50-$200. This would give you at least 10 modules to work with on site. If we secure more funding, then you can build additional modules based on your original design.


Please design within the site limit as defined on the plan. Download from RMIT Google Drive here


Signal / Les Erdi Plaza, Flinders Walk, North Bank, Melbourne 3000


Maximum 4 RMIT students from any school. At least 1 team member should be a Landscape Architecture student. Please contact us if you would like to be introduced to Landscape Architecture students at: slab [at]


1 x A0 poster [landscape ONLY] – printed + pdf

– No student names or numbers on panel – please be anonymous

– 1 x plan

– 2 x sections

– 1 x construction drawing detail showing junctions of key materials

– 1 x “hero shot” showing the pop-up park inhabited

1 x Documentation package – pdf

– Set-out plan with dimensions

– construction details showing junctions of all materials

1 x Scale model demonstrating at least one module


4 tickets to the ‘This Public Life: Festival of Landscape Architecture’ [value $996]

Mentorship by AILA Fresh graduate Landscape Architect


RMIT Student Landscape Architecture Body


RMIT Landscape Architecture

Australian Institute of Landscape Architects – This Public Life: Festival of Landscape Architecture

SIGNAL – City of Melbourne

‘Art of Buck’ is a program produced by Rachel Main (Shuttermain) in partnership with the Burncity Krump Community


Covered by RMIT Certificates of Currency for both Public Liability and Professional Indemnity


2 thoughts on “COMPETITION BRIEF

  1. Hi, we are not sure about the design and budget section.
    does it mean that we have to make a 1:1 model for the whole site? or is it only if we win the competition? What does module mean in this context? does that mean that our design form from one module repeated 10 times or is one module means a small part of the whole design?


    1. Hi Cindy,

      You should not build a 1:1 model of the whole site. But you should build a scale model of one or more of the modules within your design.

      A “module” is one element of a design. As a very basic example, Urban Commons Foodscape range comprises of three module types:
      – Rectangle plot module
      – Triangle pot module
      – Plank module

      You should submit a scale model (between 1:10 to 1:25) of one or more of the modules as part of your competition submission. For example if your design was like the Urban Commons [which it shouldn’t be] then you would make a scale model of the Rectangle plot module, the Triangle pot module and the Plank module to show how they join together.

      You can have any number of module types, but for ease of installation we recommend no more than 4 types.

      Hope this helps.

      Matthew Kneale
      RMIT Student Landscape Architecture Body


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