Competitive Workplace

TEAM: Kellen Brenchley, Dylan Cassidy – Canada – Field Division


Competitive Workplaces

Athletics vs. Finance in an Aggressive Market

Competitive Workplaces envisions the sports facility as a medium where investors are matched against one another in sport as a publicization of the archetypal trading floor.

Electronic trading has forced investors to become removed from the competitiveness of the stock exchange, where business was conducted in a central location in view of competing traders and clerks, analogous to sports stadiums.

In an alternate future, companies employ athletes in an acute form of sponsorship to compete for market value. But because performance is directly correlated with financial success, greed leads the athlete to become the broker, and the broker the athlete, assuming direct control over assets bought and sold.

Competitive Workplaces proposes the adaptation of disused sports facilities as financial centres for struggling post-sport economies in the aftermath of an Olympics or team relocation. Forgotten cities experience an increase in tourism as fans flock to observe the thrill of fluctuating stocks, while simultaneously witnessing Sidney Crosby score a goal.

Fuelled by competitiveness, investors slide-tackle rival CEOs, race against competing accounts managers, and body-check executives in order to manoeuvre within the market. The pleasure of watching humans matched in sport is only paralleled to that of watching humans destroy each other financially.


TEAM: George Bradford-Smith, Victoria Leyland – British – Northumbria University


A new kind of transport for the modern commuter

The London commuter’s wastefully laborious journey through melancholy smog filled tunnels to work, is coming to an end, as the new Circle Line introduces an alternative means of travel for underground passengers, whereby people exercise in unison with iconic electric machines. Beautifully crafted, these golden revolving mechanisms identify every passenger individually through a personalised smart card, allowing the equipment to dictate the amount of resistance needed for each passenger to migrate seamlessly around London.

The new radical tube line integrates commuters travelling time, with regular morning and evening exercise, subsequently increasing mental well being, physical fitness, concentration and expanding a passengers daily efficiency, whilst also challenging the capital cities unhealthy connotations with an alternative transport system and a colourful uplifting design palette.

These multifaceted buildings built along the tube line, provides a platform that integrates fast and efficient underground travel with a healthy, social and safe environment creating a rare gateway opportunity for users to learn new life transferable skills that move away from slouching, screened office environments and towards memorable outdoor adventures.


TEAM: Agnieszka Biedalak, Polish, University of  Art in Poznań


Your box, exercise and relax your way.

New York

Exercise relaxes your mind – a destressor between work and home that serves both your body and soul. Yet we tend to exercise in flashy, loud and crowded gyms located in shopping malls or busy city centres, certainly not the best scenario for rest and relaxation…

So, how about an alternative environment, one that is more quiet, peaceful and independent, one that allows you to fully achieve the benefits of relaxation with exercise? This can be possible with individual, self-sustaining, eco-friendly boxes discreetly hidden in city parks. Users would enter via their personal code and once inside they could choose their own activity or have a personalized training program displayed on the one-way mirrors. Or they could also bring a friend and train together in the intimate atmosphere of the box, all the while observing the bustle of city life around them.

The Urban Training Oasis will bring activity to empty parks in the winter, and bring the the serenity of the outdoors without the stress of onlookers or weather to deter them from the exercise and relaxation they need.


TEAM: Kei YASUDA (Japanese), Ayane YAMADA (Japanese), Louie HAMILTON (Irish) – Graduate School of Architecture, Kyoto University


An urban network of jogging trails that connects sports facilities.

The body wants what it wants.

We live in an age where exercise is no longer a necessity in our daily lives. Fuel and electricity carry us around cities and within buildings; food and goods are sourced on the internet from our sofas.

Yet still, society displays a strong need for sport.

In Shibuya, the busy, overcrowded commercial centre of Tokyo, sports facilities such as gyms and futsal pitches are located in urban buildings and on their rooftops.

Here, we propose “IUNGO”, the Laten word for a connector, an urban network of jogging trails that connect existing sports facilities in the city. Stretching above, around and through buildings, it allows runners and gym-goers to experience the city in an entirely new perspective.

IUNGO also offers a solution to the problems of urbanity. Added circulation reduces pedestrian congestion, while buildings are reinforced with lateral resistance and emergency exits for earthquakes and other hazards. By stripping away the rooftop billboards and re-planting them along the trail, the chaotic city scenery becomes unified.

With IUNGO we envision a city that has become one large sporting field, more vibrant and resilient than ever.

Olympic Sports City

TEAM: Huey Hoong Chan, Malaysian, Staedelschule Architecture Class – Jitendra Sawant, Indian, Staedelschule Architecture Class


Olympic Sports City

New Delhi, India.

India, being the world’s second most populous nation holds the worst Olympic record in terms of medals per head. Its best haul, six medals in the London Olympics represented only one medal per 200 million people. Consequently, the newly elected political party, now seeking respond to people’s cries for Olympic glory, while striving to uphold its promises of economic liberalization, has sought to increased foreign direct investment in the sports industry. As a result, new laws are passed to create sport zones in the country where private developers and investors are encouraged to develop Sporting facilities in the allocated zones, while giving tax benefits, higher floor space index ratio, Higher state subsidies as perks for doing the same. Suddenly the world reality and sporting industry has taken a notice of this, starting a new phenomenon of India Sports City as the future City of NOW.

The right to regenerate, Syria

Team: Minjun Choi, Kookmin University, Changjo Architect

The right to regenerate : SYRIA

This is a story about the wall and sport facilities.

The wall did well for man. In its thickness and its strength, it protected him against destruction.

But soon after civil war broke out, the wall was damaged and some of it collapsed.

‘what are you doing to me? I protected you: I made you feel secure and now you break out civil war and collapse me!’

“I want to protect you until the end, and I want to make a space for sport facilities to turn syrian refugees back”

Then man trimmed with fine stone anchored between the wall and filled void by new structure for sport facilities.

Then man do training at the incredible place, soon the wall felt pretty well.

Active Border

TEAM: Metawaj  Chaijirapaisarn, Thanaporn  Asavatevavith – Thailand



Places where sports facilities bring together community.

Can sports facilities bring peace to humanity?

A simple, yet challenging ideas to accomplish in a world we currently live in where countries are being separated by miles long border wall which we found that most areas around borders are either deserted or under conflict.

By adapting the concept of sports and their respective rules, we can blur the lines between two counties and reconnect people through such activities. It can be used to promote interaction between players (each country citizen or soldier) and build relationship among them.

The border’s current condition will be the deciding factor to determine what sports should be implemented. We will be able to make use of deserted lands and other areas near the border in which we believe that it will attract people and able to create community as one.


Football for Everyone

TEAM: Pablo Sanchez Lopez, Spanish/Dutch


Towards a more inclusive experience of sports events

‘Football for Everyone’ is an urban strategy that challenges the way we collectively attend sporting events by proposing a much more accessible experience. Originally being public spaces and monuments of the city and its society, stadiums today are inaccessible to a large portion of the population.

Since the 1950’s, the transformation of sports into businesses has been manifested urbanistically in various forms. The rise of the private vehicle pushed stadiums away from the city centre into the suburbs where the land is cheaper to build. Furthermore, television broadcasting of sports provided greater economic revenue despite extortionate ticket prices, and has turned sporting events into a commodity that can be consumed from the privacy of one’s home.

The proposal addresses these issues with one simple gesture: the stadium is buried into the ground bringing its roof to street level, which becomes a large public square free to be used by citizens. Through its glass floor, passers-by can observe and simultaneously be observed, becoming performers in the spectacle. The stadium, as a social condenser integrated in the urban fabric, transforms a football match from an exclusive event into another facet of the everyday city life for anyone and everyone to experience.

Invisible Layer

TEAM: Simone Ottaviani, Matteo Polci (Italian) – University of Roma Tre


Invisible Layer

NASA studies suggests that the sea level will rise by at least one meter in the next 100 years. This phenomenon, in a long time, could take to the submersion of a large percentage of lands. In this case the infrastructures and the services that characterize our cities today should be rethought and replaced according to the new space requirement.

In this context, we propose a multi-functional system of islands composed by, training facilities, sports fields, parks and gardens. In this homogeneous landscape characterized by morphological characters devoid of complexity, solar orientation is the main tool for the design.

Today, however, playgrounds and sport facilities are an essential meeting place and center for the living life and the good balance of urban metabolism. This is an invisible but essential layer. We can conceptually associate that to islands included in a cluttered environment. Good design practices perceive the importance of organizing them into a system.

Each float plate would represent the node of a network that develops in this new seascape. A layer now present in our abstract city and relocated in a new landscape.

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