How can sports contribute to better city life?
The project is AHAA and Vardehaugen contribution the exhibition "Commoning Kits" curated by Kjellander Sjøberg Architects. The exhibition asked 13architectural firms from Sweden, Norway and Denmark to develop strategies and architectural tools for urban development within selected topics.
The contribution to the exhibition addresses the theme of "sport". We created a series of urban tools that combine activity on the sidelines with qualities you can find in a typical Scandinavian neighborhood.
The organized sport is well incorporated as a natural part of our society. With its measured paths, rules and conventions, it creates a clear framework for physical activity and a better public health. But the real miracle of sports does not play out on the sports track: it happens on the sidelines.
Here, neighbors are shoulder-shouldered. Here random passers by stop. Here parents sell waffles and coffee. Some fall in love. Ideas arise. New relationships are created. It is in voluntary work and in life around the courts that sport's most important feature lies. In a short period of time, a room will develop where people meet and perform something, regardless of who they are and where they come from.
Such venues create unity. Research shows that the experience of belonging is much more related to neighborhoods, leisure and volunteering. Therefore, it is important that we shift focus from the sports facilities themselves to the life that is about them when new towns are to be developed. Our input to the exhibition "Commoning kits" seeks to explore just this.
We have created a series of urban tools that combine activity on the sidelines with other needs and qualities you can find in a typical Scandinavian neighborhood:
This can be a football goal that can also be used as a stage, a checkpoint or a bus stop. There may be a tribunal shelter that also houses a stand for the vegetable shop and an outdoor seating for the local on the other side of the street. In a tight backyard there may be a need for a stand, while the neighbors also need a place to gather for parties and meetings. There may be small light sources that, in addition to lighting up a skate park, can also be combined with water fountains and small urban herb gardens.
The interventions are planned to be built as a single travel and foundation foundation so that they can easily be built in conjunction with simple tools and modest budget.