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7 Examples Where Physical Activities Were the Catalyst Behind A Neighborhood Regeneration

People often gather around sports activities, whether they are the ones exercising or the ones cheering. This internationally recognized social interest brings everyone together seamlessly, regardless of their background, gender, culture, ethnicity and so on.

Urban regeneration can take different aspects, and one of the most prominent and efficient solutions that can reconcile a community with itself and its surroundings is a sports function. In fact, this purpose encourages people to reclaim their fundamental right to public spaces and regenerate demoted, hostile or forgotten areas.

Read on to discover examples from all over the world, where physical activities made an urban impact on the neighborhood and the community.

Tallinn Architecture Biennial Announces Winner of Installation Program “Huts and Habitats”

The curatorial team of the fifth edition of the Tallinn Architecture Biennial (TAB), for which ArchDaily is a proud partner, has announced the winner of their installation program “Huts and Habitats”. The winning proposal, Steampunk, designed by SoomeenHahm Design, Igor Pantic and Fologram (UK), was chosen from a shortlist of more than 137 international submissions.

Superbowl City: A Guide to Atlanta's Architectural Gems

As Atlanta takes center-stage today for the 2019 Superbowl, we've compiled a list of some of the Southern City's architectural gems. The city, a hotspot for small and innovative practices today, punches well above its weight when it comes to modernist and post-modernist works in the US. Some of the city's most intriguing projects, after the break.

La Fontaine Sports Complex / archi5 + Tecnova Architecture

© Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia © Sergio Grazia + 25

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Tecnova Architecture, archi5
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

The Eco-Friendly Floating Cities of the Future

As the world population grows, designers look to develop the seas. Architecture and planning firm, URBAN POWER strategically designed nine man-made islands off the southern coast of Copenhagen to combat many of the city’s impending challenges. The islets, called Holmene, address demands for tech space, fossil-free energy production, flood barriers, and even public recreation space.

3XN's Arena to Transform UNESCO Heritage Area of Bergen, Norway

3XN has been commissioned to design a new arena and masterplan for central Bergen, Norway. Responding to the city’s ambition to revitalize the core of its UNESCO World Heritage Site, the scheme will act as an anchor for the development of an entirely new neighborhood connecting the inner city with the waterfront.

The scheme is intended as an “urban arena” serving as a destination for concerts, sports, and cultural events in an underutilized central part of the city. The design of the arena will also incorporate a vibrant public district “offering places to live, play, rest, and work.”

© 3XN © 3XN © 3XN © 3XN + 4

LOLA, L+CC, and Taller Architects Design "Romantic" Forest Trail for Forgotten Sports in Shenzhen

LOLA Landscape Architects, Taller Architects, and L+CC have released images of their competition-winning design for a 600-hectare forest and sports park in Guang Ming, Shenzhen, China. Commissioned in response to the exploding technology industry in the Shenzhen metropolitan area, the park will place an emphasis on health, sports, and nature to offer an ecological counterpoint to dense urban surroundings.

The winning collaboration saw off competition from JCFO, SWA, and TCL, with the competition jury praising the scheme for its “fresh approach and [for] being highly attentive to local ecology [while] meanwhile incorporating romantic techniques and realistic urban visions.”

Birdseye view from central lake towards Guang Ming. Image Courtesy of LOLA, TALLER, and L+CC Red path and canopy, crossing a big road. Image Courtesy of LOLA, TALLER, and L+CC Forest cabin that can be rented for a night. Image Courtesy of LOLA, TALLER, and L+CC Cooling Down Pavilion in the middle of the lake. Image Courtesy of LOLA, TALLER, and L+CC + 21

Kengo Kuma’s Airbnb Experience to Include Tour of 2020 Tokyo Olympic Stadium

Five lucky architecture enthusiasts and Airbnb users have been offered the unique experience to accompany Kengo Kuma on a guided tour of the 2020 Olympic stadium in Tokyo. The renowned architect has collaborated with Airbnb to offer the exclusive experience, described as a “visit to Kengo’s under-construction Olympic stadium, along with a meet and greet at his studio and tea with the celebrated architect.”

The July 31st tour, sadly fully booked, offers an insightful example of architects collaborating with leaders of the “gig economy” to offer design experiences directly to the public.

Deep Dive Rowing Club / Scenic Architecture Office

© Schran Studio © Schran Studio © Schran Studio © Schran Studio + 43

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Scenic Architecture Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Populous to Collaborate on Design of North America's First eSports Stadium

Last week, the City of Arlington, Texas announced plans to collaborate with Populous in transforming the city’s convention center into North America’s first Esports Stadium. This 100,000-square-foot venue will be designed to draw in both competitive players and fans from around the world, and create the most immersive experience in the live esports market.

Reebok Teams Up With Gensler to Turn Gas Stations Into Fitness Hubs

The gas station does not usually catch one’s fancy. It is a ubiquitous building, one built primarily for function instead of for pleasure or community. We see them all the time but barely give them a second glance unless the need arises – and then, we get our fuel, and we are out of the station in minutes.  

With the smell of gasoline and the usual convenience store spread, these service stations do not exude any particular sense of wellness. Neither have their flat, perennial structures captured the imagination of architects – until now. 

Reebok and Gensler are the first to catch on to the enormous potential of the common gas station. These buildings sit on prime real-estate all over the country, from highways to local streets. In their new collaborative project, “Get Pumped,” the global architecture firm and the fitness brand are coming up with a plan to re-do the gas station as we know it.

BIG Reveals Plans for Massive Rodeo and Entertainment District in Austin, Texas

BIG has revealed plans for a new sports and entertainment district in Austin, Texas, that will bring soccer, rodeo, music, shopping, dining and hospitality under one roof. Called the East Austin District, the 1.3 million-square-foot complex will be located on the site of the existing Rodeo Austin, offering a new entertainment experience for the city’s booming population.

Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group Courtesy of BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group + 16

Muay Thai Space / BWAO

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Beijing, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Bao Wei Architecture Office
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Ice Sports Center of the 13th China National Winter Games / Architectural Design and Research Institute of Harbin Institute of Technology

© Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang © Wei Shuxiang + 29

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Urumqi, China

Runner Camp Flagship Store / PRISM DESIGN + OFFICE COASTLINE

© Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang © Alessandro Wang + 25

Shanghai, China
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project PRISM DESIGN
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Nike Designs Shoe-Shaped LED Track in Manila

NIKE has created a new experimental lab for running aficionados: the world’s first full-sized LED racing track. Built as a pop-up in Manila, Philippines, the "Unlimited Stadium" coincided with the launch of their new LunarEpic running shoe. The 200m long figure-8 course follows the imprint of the running shoe, scaled up to a 100ft long footprint lighting up the heart of Manila.

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Runaway – A Temporary Splash of Color for the Santa Barbara Waterfront

A vibrant pavilion has arrived to grace the boardwalks of California’s Santa Barbara waterfront. The pavilion entitled Runaway has been designed by SPORTS, an architecture and design collaboration of Greg Corso and Molly Hunker, recently selected as one of the Architectural League of New York’s emerging young practices for 2017. Blending a bright, colorful character with functional modernity, Runaway was installed on the Waterfront of Santa Barbara in March 2017, one of several locations the pavilion will travel to throughout the year.

Courtesy of SPORTS Courtesy of SPORTS Courtesy of SPORTS Courtesy of SPORTS + 33

6 Young Firms Selected as Winners of the 2017 Architectural League Prize

The Architectural League of New York has announced the winners of the 2017 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects + Designers. Established in 1981, the prize has grown to become one of North America’s most prestigious awards recognizing young architects (ten or fewer years removed from a bachelor’s or master’s degree program) for their talent and forward-thinking ideas.

Campground; Gunnison, CO; 2012-2013 / KEVIN HIRTH Co.. Image © KEVIN HIRTH Co. Intake Facility, Arrivals Concourse A (at Castle Williams); Governors Island, NY / theLab-lab for architecture. Image © Mustafa Faruki, theLab-lab for architecture Public kiosks and toilets; Ecatepec, State of Mexico; 2015 / LANZA Atelier. Image © Camila Cossio Runaway; Santa Barbara, CA; 2017 / SPORTS. Image © Elliot Lowndes + 16