Training the City

TEAM: Alice Merche, Stamatina Lamprou – MAS Urban Design, ETH Zürich – MSc Architecture, POLI Milano, Msc Architectural Engineering, TU Crete


Training the City: sport facilities as centrality.

The present work wants to question the meaning of sport facilities at urban scale. It has been developed starting from the analysis of desert cities in Cairo, characterized by fragmentation, social segregation, and low density.

The design of a Public Pool was inserted in an urban scale strategy to create a network of centrality and to build an image of the city.

Why does a Public Pool (and, more generally, sport facilities) represent an important centrality in the city?

– Creation of Identity.

It is the place for hosting representative events, where citizens gather as part of a team, regional or national. It built a sense of community.

– Orchestration of Heterogeneity.

The London 2012 Paralympic campaign states: ”sport doesn’t care who you are”. It is, then, reasonable to claim the social meaning of sport facilities as a space open to diversity, suited to social interaction and cultural integration inside the city.

– Generation of Connectivity.

As space for leisure and social interaction, sport facilities can work as glue in joining different districts, opening a bridge between introverted parts of the city.

When Species Meet

TEAM: Karin Lindström, Sweden, Mosaik Arkitekter ek. för.


When Species Meet

–  an investigation of a sport and post human “what if’s”

Lunds Civila Ryttarförening, LCR, is one of Sweden’s largest equestrian clubs with its facilities located as a riding centre in Lund. Discussions on whether the centre should be relocated or not have reached a standstill as it has been going on for about 50 years.
This is an investigation on how the centre could be developed meeting and integrating with its surroundings through different sub-projects or “what if’s”. As in “the Horse’s Landscape”, riding trails help the centre to spread out in its surroundings. Hence, these trails also become an asset for the football team, for joggers and those walking their dogs in the area. Horses might not be everyone’s common interest but through planning for something so very specific it’s possible to accomplish something beneficial in general.

Another sub-project is “the Stable”, providing the area with a new building in the existing context, making the built structure more accessible physically and visually, for both members as well as passers by.

To end with, the proposals are created through an understanding that a project depends: on the users and the physical site, but also on other actants beyond the objects at hand as shown in functional scheme “Site of Negotiation”.

Neighborhood Olympic Center

TEAM: Lane Raffaldini Rubin – United States of America – Harvard University Graduate School of Design


Neighborhood Olympic Center

Stair as Condenser of Athletic Publics

Sport is at times social / extroverted / noisy, at times quiet / introverted / meditative. How can we design a place for the practice of such states? For sports that require such different conditions and spaces? The Neighborhood Olympic Center brings together very serious athletes training for élite competition and recreational members from the surrounding Charlestown / Boston community. Perched on the edge of Bunker Hill, the Center enjoys an uninterrupted view of the Boston skyline and is situated beside a long public stair that descends the hill. The public path of this stair continues into the Center and extends the opportunity for visitors to look out over Boston. This new stair serves to partition the interior sports programs, allowing for a range of meditative and social atmospheres for the practice of swimming, diving, archery, table tennis, weightlifting, taekwondo, and handball.


TEAM: Páez Sedano, Ana – Venezuelan, Spanish


Rublik · the suspension sport game

Rublik is played in a concrete cube measuring 6 meters, formed by two inclined faces with an interior of diverse elastic cords extended in different directions. These cords have different colors, depending on their degree of tension, while the walls and the ceiling have circular holes with luminous sensors changing colors throughout the game.

Can be played individually or in teams up to 8 people. Each player or couple is identified by a color and must follow it within the cube as it appears on the walls or ceiling holes. Each time the luminous sensor is activated showing the player’s or team’s color, a certain amount of points is earned. At the bottom of the cube, there’s a pool measuring 1,2 meters where the players fall when they slip adding excitement and dynamism to the game.

A single game of Rublik tones up the muscles, helps coordination, flexibility and posture while burning calories. It also exercises the mind as it demands concentration when choosing the less complicated and fastest way to reach the desired luminous sensor.

Training Kit

TEAM: Lila Dedemadi (Greece, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Angeliki Lalaouni (Greece, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), Lenia Stefanidou (Greece, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki)



‘got the hardware, get the software, let’s train and immerse!’

Physical activity has been known for the great benefits that it can provide to a person’s physical and mental health. In our everyday life, though, due to long working hours, demanding duties and bad habits, there is lack of time, space and mood for traditional training. Consequently, it is vital to discover new training methods, adapted to our lifestyle.

In this new way of training, we don’t want to let the circumstances set the limits. On the contrary, training should be accessible by everyone, everywhere: at the user’s working space, home, etc, whenever a break is needed, and respond to each person’s disposition.

VR training kit offers the user the opportunity to train in the way that best matches his or her mood, by transferring him or her to the most suitable ambiance, through a virtual experience.

All you have to do is download the VR training app on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop, put on your VR headset and get on your VR locomotion platform! Choose your current mood on the app, turn on or off the “work out with friends” feature and the app will provide you the most suitable training for you!


TEAM: Lavinia Colzani (Italian, Tetr’arte), Kari Kytölä (Finnish, Tetr’arte), Julia Matinniemi(Finnish, German, Tetr’arte), Ricardo Armando Tranquille(Mauritian, Tetr’arte).



It is the non-place where you can experience your body without external interferences.

There is no sound in 0.

There are no guidelines. There is no competition. There are no repetitions or sets.

There is nothing tangible, nothing to see in the dark.

There is Freedom inside.

When you are inside 0, no one can see you. No one can analyse you.

You can take consciousness of your own body and your own self.

In 0, you do exactly what you like.

In 0, you get a break from the loud cacophony of the city soundscapes and its million eyes.

It’s 0 time.

Reach Higher

TEAM: Narcisa Ioniță, Roxana Jilescu, Cristina Lungu, Vlad Voicu – Romanian – University of Architecture and Urbanism „Ion Mincu”


Healthy City. Healthy Community. Healthy individuals.

One popular sport these days is rock climbing.For those who want to train in an urban environment or simply can’t make the trip to the mountains, wall climbing is a perfect substitute.

Climbing is a sport in which you improve steadily and it boosts your confidence.By practicing it, you get a full-body workout, and by 2020 it will also be an Olympic Sport.

To design a training ground for wall climbing, we decided to use the entire city as a sport-facility, using an urban element that architects and urban planners struggle to deal with: blind walls.

Being a result of either demolitions or urban regulations, blind walls play an important role in the evolution of the city as they shape it’s image.By using them for the design, exercising gains a social value as it improves not only the well being of the individual, but that of the community as well.

The climbing surface is flexible: a concave module (you can grab it, pull yourself), a convex one (providing more feet room) and a flat one (making the climbing harder).By combining them you can increase/decrease the difficulty level.The composite modules are fixated with a clipping system by a grid that entangles the blind walls.

This design is healing at an urban level and makes the individual, community and city healthier.


TEAM: Valentina Ciccotosto, Sara Marsili – Italian



adj. arising from within or from a thing itself.

3030 AD. The way of doing traditional sports is outdated and the space devoted to the physical activity changes as well: it becomes a passive transformation device.

The sport is the experience of the viewer: you just need to sit, relax and enjoy the show.

The existent minimum of the indoor space, combined together with the Ganzfeld Effect, creates a perfect environment for anyone who wants to use this room. At this point of the evolution, the development of technology allows the elaboration of videos with such a high frequency that they can stimulate the mind and the muscles of the user. Watching yourself doing any kind of sports -that you can choose thanks to a panel control placed on the seat- starts an auto-suggestion process which gives you the experience of the training: the sport is not a matter of physical movements anymore, but it is only limited to the psychological level.

The focus finally gets back to the human being and the architecture is just a neutral and elemental object to its service.


TEAM: Carson Leung Ka Shut, Gordon Li Pung Chin – Hong Kong – Hong Kong Polytechnic University


Moving Pictures

The design of racetrack is necessarily standardized, while its surrounding structure is formalized in an extent that it provides oppressing training experience.

The moving experience of a runner in a formalized sport ground, is in great contrast with the dynamic experience of one walking inside a traditional Chinese garden in which the scene continuously changes with one’s moving step.

Traditional Chinese garden design emphasizes the idea of having ways but no rules. This essence of design corresponds with the idea of informality, in which would be the key of transforming a sport ground.

Chinese tradition Garden + Sport ground = ?

Runners connect the visual experience of landscape with their muscle memory and mentality. Calmness beside pond, focus towards framed picturesque, acceleration along trees lying abreast.

Practicing in such a space, is to save the landscape deep down in one’s mind. If garden once brought you calmness, calmness would recall you garden, wherever you go for race.



The city centre of street culture and a new sport

TEAM: Valentina Alekseeva, russian, KSUAE. (Russia)


The city centre of street culture and a new sport.

Location: Russia,  Kazan,  55˚46’02.7”N 49 ˚05’37.1”E.

Design concept: Creation of an entirely new venue type which would be home to street art, street culture (music, street dance, street fashion),  street sports (Cycling, Inline skating, streetball, Freerunning, work out), extreme sports (skateboarding, aggressive skating, BMX, MTB, parkour, wakeboarding, wakesurfing, Motocross, Motofreestyle, Drift …).

This venue would unite young people around common interests and draw the active part of the population to new kinds of activities. It would be the place of alternative pastime for the citizens. This project would make it possible to host National,  European and International championships, drawing large numbers of people from every corner of the world. In addition, the center would be home to sports clubs, music and choreography classes, as well as art and workshops.

Function Units: Frame structure is elevated above the ground. The «heart» of the object would be the main stadium (100х200m) to be used for large scale events, festivals, Xgames, Fise, with the possibility of additional temporary structures (megaramp, bigair, Vertramp, scene and platform).

Other blocks would be joined to the «heart»:

1) Administration building, 2) Square with an amusement ride with a view of the waterfront, 3)  block for extreme and non-traditional sports, 4) water ski club, 5) gymnastics center, 6) block for competitive sports, 7) cultural activities block, 8) tracks, 9) permanent and temporary residential blocks.

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