Co-creation Parkour + Architecture


In our search for understanding in architecture, we often look to other disciplines to help better explain our world. Architecture is the constant pursuit of understanding and explanation through the construction of urban environments – through the cities and towns we design and build we try to define the way those that will visit the space wil use it. Our understanding of this relationship evolves from project to project, location to location.

This process of learning and adapting isn’t exactly fast, and the feedback loop can be years in the making. This is partly why Parkour has become such an obsession! Parkour athletes take the common, accepted rules for urban environments and the way we move through them and turn them on their head. Their adaptability within cities is captivating, and architects should look to learn from them!

The following video is from a DVD that I am currently trying to get my hands on (and will review when I eventually get it). It features Bjarke Ingels from BIG, and a collection of parkour experts. The focus of the film is the relationship between Parkour and the built environment, and how these athletes are altering the way we view it. Ingels takes the athletes from Team Jiyo, a Denmark based Parkour group to a selection of BIG buildings across the world to learn how they interact and alter the urban landscape. This preview is captivating, I cannot wait to see the full film!
- Nick Varey, architectural review for Habitables, UK.

Watch a preview of MY PLAYGROUND – a film about movement in urban space by Kaspar Astrup Schröder.
Featuring : Team Jiyo, Bjarke Ingels, Big Building, Freerunners from USA, China, Uk and Denmark, Politicians, Urban planners and a philosoph.

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