Nothing connects kids like the power of play. In areas of great need are opportunities to use sports as a catalyst for social change. Where resources are scarce, products can be distributed to deliver vital services. In many parts of the world sporting activities, especially local and traditional sports, are being incorporated into a variety of programs geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives.
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We commend this for strong income generation strategies, and creative canopies. However, the shipping containers would be very difficult to transport!
Let’s create Sportables.
Where resources are scarce, we can create
Community access points to deliver vital services.
Let's create highly transportable and deployable play spaces that are sustainable infrastructure nodes.
| Designing Sportables: Mobile Demountable Sport Product Library & Play Facility |
Need: Nothing connects kids like the power of play. In areas of great need are opportunities to use sports as a catalyst for social change. Where resources are scarce, products can be distributed to deliver vital services. In many parts of the world sporting activities, especially local and traditional sports, are being incorporated into a variety of programs geared toward helping youth address a broad range of issues affecting their lives.
By emphasizing a "team" approach, these programs help impart the skills needed by the next generation to overcome the many challenges faced by their countries, from poverty to HIV/AIDS, malnutrition to low educational access. The Sportables play area and product library aims to provide the youth in communities with limited resources the opportunity to play sports safely, securely, and frequently.
Transport yourself to Capao Redondo, a densely packed, but colorful, friendly and energetic settlement on the outskirts of Sao Paolo, Brazil. Here the youth run through the narrow alleys and small spaces mimicking the moves of football heroes like Ronaldo and Ronaldinho, but in bare feet. Open space is a premium, and not always available (i.e. market spaces)
Your challenge is to design a solution to create a highly demountable, portable sports product library, product development studio, and futsal (soccer) play area. This “pop-up” facility will be deployed to provide much needed (and desired) jerseys, shoes, and balls to communities that would welcome and use them to inspire change for youth of both genders. The design should comprise of a structure and construction mechanism that can unfurl to provide a space to rent sports gear as well as a safe space for youth to play, but must be re-packaged securely to protect the goods and equipment when the play area is not used or space is not available, or when it moves from one location to another.
| Design Constraints |
Design Teams should consider some or all of the following:
• Each of these units must be assembled on site and delivered by various modes of transportation [on land and over water]
• When deployed, the design should provide safe places to play, secure means of delivering product (with incentives to return product at the end of play)
• When closed, the design should provide secure storage for all contents.
• Employ sustainable and/or local building materials and construction methods to realize their design. Materials should be reclaimed where possible.
• Develop mechanisms for off-grid, self sufficient sources of power for lights, communications (phone or internet) and water.
• Address issues of crowd control and security when products are distributed
• An approach where youth in the neighborhood could build and maintain the facility without the need of government intervention. Address needs of girls and women in the community including empowerment and safety.
• Use factors to ensure equal access for girls and boys
• Develop ways that the products in the library can facilitate income-generating enterprises: an adjacent design workshop to develop clothing, shoe or other designs to sell, a complementary retail stand or revenue generating enterprise to sell/market popular designs
• Micro-business generation through production: Imagine processes that will allow library units to be self-maintained and operated and serve as development hubs for supporting and generating local social entrepreneurs.
• As most youth are either in school, or more often working, during the day teams must figure out a way to allow these facilities to operate in the late evening and early mornings.
• Use informal solutions to transform under–utilized public space on a temporary basis.
• Meeting space for large gatherings (to kick off games, hold community or educational events)
| Futsal Field |
• Minimum dimensions: 15m x 28m (49ft x 28ft)
• Surface: Use location surface, but provide demarcation for the field dimensions)
Download Sketchup Model
| Capao Redondo Location |
| Videos from Capao Redondo |
| Additional Research |
Films focused on the favelas of Rio (note: not Sao Paolo)
Favela Rising, Hoy films, 2006
Bus 174, Jose Padilha and Felipe Lecerda dir., 2003
City of God, Fernando Meirelles and Katia Lund dir., 2002
Design Like You Give A Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises by Architecture for Humanity, New York: Metropolis Books, 2006.
A Home in the City: Improving the Lives of Slum Dwellers By the UN Millenium Project Task Force, New York: UNDP 2005 [free PDF download from UN website otherwise $40 from Earthscan]
Housing Without Houses: Participation, Flexibility, Enablement by Nabeel Hamdi, London: Intermediate Technology Publications, 1995.
Man’s Struggle for Shelter in an Urbanizing World by Charles Abrams, Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 1966.
Freedom to Build: Dweller Control for the Housing Process by John F. C. Turner and Robert Fichter, New York: MacMillan, 1972.
Architecture for the Poor: An Experiment in Rural Egypt by Hassan Fathy, Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1973.
Architecture Without Architects: A Short Introduction to Non-Pedigreed Architecture By Bernard Rudofsky, New York: MoMA or University of New Mexico Press, 1964
The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid By C.K.Prahalad, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Wharton School Publishing, 2005
The State of the World’s Cities 2001, The United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat), Nairobi, 2002
Technical Notes: Special Considerations for Programming in Unstable Situations UNICEF Programme Division and Office of Emergency Programmes: New York, 2001
The Evolution of Slum Clearance Policies in London and Paris by Rihs, Sandra and Daniel Katell, United Nations Centre for Human Settlements (Habitat, Sept. 2001, Vol. 7, no. 3).
Shadow Cities: A Billion Squatters, A New World By Robert Neuwirth, New York: Routledge
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