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Skateistan Indoor Skate Park (Kabul, Afghanistan)

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Project Name: Skateistan Indoor Skate Park

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Project Type:
1) urban planning design strategy
6) architecture
7) other: social innovation

Project Mission/Goal:
1) improve the human spirit
3) respond to our growing need for clean water, power, shelter, healthcare, education
4) address humanitarian crises

Project Description:
After two years in the making, Skateistan skate park, Kabuls' largest indoor sports facility, now stands as a testament to a group of national and international individuals who believe in the power of sports to create social change.
Skateistan is the world's first co-ed skateboarding school; it which engages urban and internally-displaced youth through skateboarding provding them with new opportunities in cross-cultural interaction, education, and personal empowerment programs. The students are selected from all of Afghanistan's diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. They develop skills in skateboarding, skateboarding instruction, healthy habits, civic responsibility, information technology, the arts, and languages.

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The main objective for the skateboarding facility in Kabul is to become an international showpiece. An indoor skateboarding facility of 800m2, was constructed in Khai Khana, in Salang Pass Road, Kabul, where 3000 sq. meters of land had been donated to the project. The design includes outdoor areas where football, cricket and volleyball can be played as well as it being suitable for riding skateboards. The outdoor section also incorporates a playground with ample seating and trees for shade. Where possible, materials were sourced locally, while the remaining materials were imported to ensure a specific quality of construction. IOU Ramps provided the material lists and supervision necessary to build the ramps in an indoor facility. The outdoor section created a public space for all Kabul residents, encouraging citizens of all ages to interact with one other. This facility will operate year-round and will be supervised by international and Afghan skateboarding volunteer instructors.

forward by Michael Jones

Links/Text:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cameron-sinclair/skateistan-opens-afghanis...
http://skateistan.org/
http://www.openarchitecturenetwork.org/projects/skateistan

Videos:

SKATEISTAN: TO LIVE AND SKATE KABUL from Diesel New Voices on Vimeo.

Project Details:
PROJECT NAME: Skateistan Skatepark
LOCATION: Kabul, Afghanistan
DATE: 2007–present
ENDUSER: 360 student sweekly
CLIENT: Skateistan, Director Oliver Percovich
DESIGNFIRMS: Convic Design, IOU ramps
ENGINEER: Afghan National Olympic Committee; Afghanyar Construction Company Ltd; Engineer Moheen; Engineer Reza
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: ACCC
SKATE PARK CONSTRUCTION: Andreas Schützenberger, IOU ramps
FUNDERS: Embassy of Denmark; Embassy of Norway; Embassy of Germany; Nike; Architecture for Humanity; Skateistan Denmark, Germany, Poland and USA; various individuals
COST: $617303 USD
AREA: 1800 sq m/19375 sq ft

Nominated by Satu Jackson

Location

Kabul
Afghanistan

Competition Category Entered

Competition Details

The competition entry ID for this project is 5802.

Project Details

NAME: Skateistan Indoor Skate Park (Kabul, Afghanistan)
PROJECT LEAD: Skateistan
LOCATION: Kabul, Afghanistan
START DATE: June 13, 2007
CURRENT PHASE: Design development
COST: $617303 USD (Final)
SIZE: 1800 sq. m
END USER/OCCUPANT: 360 students weekly
CLIENT: Skateistan, Director Oliver Percovich
DESIGN FIRM: Convic Design, IOU Ramps
ENGINEERING: Afghan National Olympic Committee; Afghanyar Construction Company Ltd; Engineer Moheen; Engineer Reza BUILDING CONSTRUCTION: AC
CONSTRUCTION: ACCC
ADDITIONAL CONSULTANT: Andreas Schützenberger, IOU ramps
FUNDING: Embassy of Denmark; Embassy of Norway; Embassy of Germany; Nike; Architecture for Humanity; Skateistan Denmark, Germany, Poland

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