Last Wednesday's keynote at our 3D Basecamp by Cameron Sinclair (Co-founder, Executive Director and "Eternal Optimist" of Architecture for Humanity) was a real highlight for me. I've been talking to AFH for a long time now, especially about the talented SketchUp folks we have in our user community. We've been trying to come up with something that we can all do together – something that shows how great design work can make a real difference in the lives of ordinary people around the world. To that end, we decided to kick off a new Design Challenge with Architecture for Humanity.
The Challenge (should you choose to accept it) is to design a "Sportable". Sportables are highly-transportable and deployable play spaces that can double as a sustainable infrastructure nodes for the community in which they operate. We're looking particularly at the game of Futsal (like soccer, but played in the streets with a heavier ball and fewer rules) for a site in Capao Redondo, Sao Paolo, Brazil. As AFH says, "Nothing connects kids like the power of play. In areas of great need there is an opportunity to use sports as a catalyst for social change. Where these resources are scarce, we can create community access points to deliver vital services." For those of you who were with us at 3D Basecamp last week, we've already run a one-day charrette on this Challenge. Fifteen teams entered, and by the end of a lightning round of presentations only three teams were left standing. We awarded prizes for these three excellent proposals:
2nd Place - "Billboard": Lorin Crandall, Greg Braun, Matthew Ritzman, Kim Fair, Kevin Pierce
3rd Place - "Futsal Unit": Josh Lowe, Lukas Lagerweij, Roberto Ramirez, Cody Meeks, Rich McPherson
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But that was just the beginning! The Sportables Challenge is still open to anyone with an idea and a desire to participate, this time with more attractive prizes awarded to the winners. Register for the Open Architecture Network and then enter the competition, but don't wait too long. The Sportables Challenge closes at the end of this month, and I happen to know that there are already fifteen teams working...