DECEMBER 2014 COMPETITION

 

The Playful Street ///

 

Streets are serious spaces, made of hard and harsh materials.  Since the proliferation of the automobile, streets have become a space to pass through, rather than places to be in and enjoy.  What if having fun on a street was as important as efficiently moving cars, bicycles, and pedestrians through it?  How might play, which is usually relegated to backyards, parks, and playgrounds, be integrated into the streetscape?  What can be learned from existing forms of play that can be reimagined in the context of a streetscape?  How might streets and sidewalks engage people of all ages in play?  What happens when streets become playful?


Participants are asked to focus on designs that do not simply remove cars from the street to make room for play.  Submissions may be conceptual, technical, and/or artistic.  

 

 

JURORS ///

 

Siska Butar Butar
B.Arch, University of Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia
Firm: Gary Fell Architecture Bureau (GFAB Architects)

 

Michal Hajduk

Bc., Faculty of Architecture,

Slovak University of Techonologie

Bratislava, Slovakia

 

Marcello Schiffino

B.Arch, Temple University

Brooklyn, New York, United States

Firm: SBLM Architects

 

 

ENTRIES ///

 

16 Entries from 9 Countries 

Donna Mena

Brooklyn, New York, United States

 

Ana Rodríguez Anguita

Jaén, Spain

 

Andersson Cubillos Quintero

Bogotá, Colombia

 

 

Lim Meng Jin

Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

 

Prasad V. Nakil

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

 

Tiago Cicero Alves

Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

 

Jake Pfahl

Dayton, Ohio, United States

 

Guy Fimmers and Heather McArthur

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Alessia Nociaro

Ascoli Piceno, Italy

 

 

Donna Mena

Brooklyn, New York, United States

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Simple and clear graphics. Well presented concept. The idea of interaction with city via smartphone is great. A playful way to walk the streets in the 21st century!"

 

"This entry answers the brief in a straightforward way. As pedestrian can easily shape the road surface, drivers shall be challenged in their spontaneity and driving skills, making the street as a place to play for both parties."

Ana Rodríguez Anguita

Jaén, Spain

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I like that this entry suggests an urban wide "game" as a means to discover new routes and vantage points in the city...perhaps more efficient means of getting around on foot can be discovered over time this way." 

Andersson Cubillos Quintero

Bogotá, Colombia

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I imagine this entry to be a temporary, inflatable pop up arcade...and believe that it would integrate particularly nicely in those dense urban centers shifting to more pedestrian oriented street spaces...like Midtown Manhattan."

Lim Meng Jin

Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Simple yet efficient, substituting the boredom of waiting with a rewardable activity by inserting invisible space to play within a predetermined place: the bus shelter. If our infrastructure was built based on this thought, more people would be willing to wait and change their perception of what a bus shelter was supposed to be."

Prasad V. Nakil

Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I can imagine how thankful for the playful street car owners with broken windows would be. Turning global city's problems with parking into an innovative and interactive solution this way is just great. Graphic presentation is also nice and clear."

Tiago Cicero Alves

Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Every street becomes playful after taking the right drug! Well made. Nice and simple dreamy collage."

Jake Pfahl

Dayton, Ohio, United States

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"Clean graphics and provocative way of presenting another viewpoint of a streetscape. Shifting our focus from two dimensional experience of adjacent street, to a possibility of another layer of space in a road trip. In this drawing lies an idea that our street can be shaped by unpredictable journey, much like snakes and ladders."

Guy Fimmers and Heather McArthur

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 

JURY COMMENTS ///

 

"I believe that the intent of this entry responds well overall to the brief. I would have liked to see perhaps one of the cause and effect relationships fleshed out in more detail."

Alessia Nociaro

Ascoli Piceno, Italy

Claudiu Chiciudean

Timisoara, Romania

Ojaswani Mehta

New Delhi, India

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Ethan Miller

Houston, Texas, United States

O

Niyati Gala

Mumbai, Maharashatra, India

Akansha Gupta

New Delhi, India

Kald

Chennai, India

Estevam Gomes

Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brasil