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PLAYscapes Design Competition Results Announced

In April, we launched the Building Trust international design competition PLAYscapes. I am very happy to share with you the results of the competition.

Which city is the most fun? London, NYC, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, Moscow, Cape Town? To answer the question Building Trust international asked professional and student architects and designers from cities around the World to propose ideas which encouraged public interaction and turned redundant city spaces into fun creative places.

Winning Professional PLAYscape entry
Winning Professional PLAYscape entry

A multidisciplinary team from the City of Cape Town have been announced as the Professional winners in a design competition that hopes to turn neglected forgotten parts of cities into interactive playscapes. The competition had over 500 registered entrants and a jury including representatives from Building Trust International, Project for Public Spaces, BMW Guggenheim Lab, Landscape Architects Network, 3Space, Neon Stash, Land8 and academics & professionals from the fields of architecture and landscape design.

The design competition asked for a PLAYscape proposal that creates community involvement and turns a neglected space into a place for public interaction and creativity. We are proud to announce the winning design as Cape Town Gardens Skate Park. The project team comprises of Gerrit Strydom, Lwandile Gcume and Aline Cremon from the City of Cape Town, Errol van Amsterdam & Marvin Fester from C2C Consulting Engineers with Skatepark design by Clive Crofton of Spyda Ramps. The team developed the design through lengthy consultation with both local residents, skaters and the national body, The National Skate Collective.

The jury selected the design as the competition winner due to its intelligent re-use of space transforming an under used and blighted underpass into a community led skate park. The jury were also very impressed with the high level of involvement and consultation with local residents and the future users of the park. There were also 9 honourable mentions in the Professional category located in sites ranging from Melbourne to London.

Gerrit Strydom, Winning team entrant said, “For the project to be selected as the winning submission, not only serves to internationally recognise the merit of the project in itself, but stands testament to the importance and value of the broader dialogue about the abundant opportunities for activating difficult public spaces for the benefit of diverse set of users. By elevating the status and awareness of the project the award will stimulate the proliferation of similar initiatives across the metropolitan region and cities in South Africa. “

Winning Student Proposal
Winning Student Proposal

The winning entry from the Student category has been announced as ‘Bring a Pal and have fun’ by a team from Lusiada University of Lisbon, Faculty of Architecture and Arts. Student team member Ricardo Morais said, “Initially we decided to redevelop the space, building furniture equipment made with euro pallets, a material that is structurally sturdy, inexpensive and easy to find anywhere in the World.”

A wide range of submissions made use of sustainable materials and highlighted the need for everyone throughout the World to look at
the forgotten parts of their cities and think about adaptive reuse and redevelopment of existing sites. The short listed designs show a wide range of well thought out ideas for sites around the World where potentially problematic areas can become unique places that can be celebrated by all of us.

Urban Zipline - Honourable Mention in Professional Category
Urban Zipline – Honourable Mention in Professional Category

David Cole founding partner of Building Trust international said, “The competition was a huge success, the winning project had an incredible level of thought and community involvement. The potential for this project to become a flagship in regenerating other areas in both Cape Town and other cities is exciting and we look forward to helping realise the project over the coming months.”

Plant-a-ball-parks Honourable Mention in Professional category
Plant-a-ball-parks Honourable Mention in Professional category

The aim of the competition was to show how creatively we can make cities fun places with opportunities for interaction and play. The competition sought out fun and exciting new ways to get people to interact with the city on a different level. Regeneration of cities should not just be about increasing value and foot fall but should capture people’s imaginations making them want to get involved and experiment with new things.

You can see the winning and honourable mention proposal on the Building Trust website see HERE

You can also see the PLAYscape competition brief HERE

Many thanks for reading the announcement we cannot wait to work with the winning team in Cape Town to turn their PLAYscape design into a reality.

Louise

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Foundations are set at New Road School

My Vodafone WOD placement at Building Trust international may have finished but work doesn’t stop. With the rainy season quickly approaching in Thailand it was very important that we work with the local teachers and parents of New Road school to set the foundations for their new school before the rains started. Having previously set the grid for the foundations and bringing truck tyres to site we were ready to start digging the holes and setting the foundations.  With the parents and teachers keen to help out it was left to their committee to dig the 14 foundation holes. Overnight, 7 parents and teachers excavated the foundations to precise accuracy. This was fantastic as it meant by day two we could begin filling in the holes with truck tyres and a concrete mixture. It was amazing to arrive at site the next day and see the vast number of people ready and waiting to carry out work on the foundations. With sand, gravel and tyres delivered to site we were ready to begin mixing the concrete mixture and setting the foundations.

Parents mix concrete for foundations
Parents mix concrete for foundations

A team of men from the committee began mixing the concrete mixture by hand, with a further team delivering buckets of sand and gravel to the mix. Within less than an hour several of the foundation holes were set, it was easy to see that many of the people helping had a background in the construction industry.

Jay works on foundation posts
Jay works on foundation posts

It was great to have Jay a volunteer from Chile on site to help with the foundations, he carefully fed rebar into the foundation feet to give added support.  It was not only volunteers and parents who helped out but also the pupils of the New Road school. They were happy to carry buckets of the sand and gravel to the site and were excited to see the start of their new school.

School pupils help out on site!
School pupils help out on site!

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To ensure the foundation holes were level a home made plumb bob and line was made from a stone and string to ensure all foundations were at right angles. Each foundation post was also clearly marked with a marker pen to show the centre position of the foundation for ease when the steel frame structure is fitted to the foundations posts at a later date.

Plumb Bob and Line
Plumb Bob and Line

After just a few hours all the foundations were set and ready for the upcoming rainy season. This will be a great benefit when we begin the construction of the school in June as it is easier to mix concrete and work on foundations without the rain.

After 2 days all 14 foundations holes were completed! The steel for the school frame structure has been delivered to the Iron Wood workshop for the apprentices to begin drilling holes and cutting the steel to construct the frames. I look forward to updating you on the school build progression soon.

Foundation holes are complete
Foundation holes are complete

Thanks for reading,

Louise