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OPTIMAL USE OF SPACE: URBAN SPORTS

Text WIEBKE BRAUER
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Photos RED BULL
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27/11/2022
Schiller already knew that "Man is only fully human where he plays". Which then also legitimises simply making the whole city your own playground. With a BMX bike, a skateboard - or simply with your own hands. And that's exactly what the illustrated book by gestalten & Benevento is about.

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Playgrounds are often bleak affairs – how good that sometimes a staircase, a bus stop or a wall of a house is enough to let off some real steam. Urban Sports” shows which places in the world are best suited, with games being played from Barcelona to Istanbul or Cairo to Lagos and Jakarta. And the players? They are BMX riders, skateboarders and parkour runners.

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They conquer urban space and revolutionise the way people interact with the urban environment. A staircase becomes an “obstacle” that is jumped over when “gapping”. A handrail is transformed into a “ledge” along which one can “grind” or slide.

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What began 70 years ago as an alternative subculture inspired entire generations of skaters and BMX bikers and continues to inspire more and more young people today.

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This high-quality illustrated text book outlines the rise of urban sports from their beginnings on the American West Coast to the current responses of architects and urban planners to the phenomenon. In search of ever new and untraveled spots, athletes appropriated public space – without regard for rules and conventions.

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Over time, the social image of the athletes also changed from troublemaker to acrobat. In this illustrated book, icons like Jason Paul, Letícia Bufoni or Hazal Nehir tell their stories and give exclusive insights into the colourful and diverse scene of urban sports.

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Verlag: gestalten & Benevento:
Urban Sports: Die Städte dieser Welt sind unser Spielplatz. gestalten. 44 Euro

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Source: https://ramp.space/post/optimale-raumnutzung-urban-sports

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