San Pedro Apóstol, Mexican Sports Center

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San Pedro Apóstol – Rural Sports Center, Mexico

Mexican Sport Building – Design Contest

16 Feb 2011

San Pedro Apóstol – Rural Sports Center

YOUNG PORTUGUESE ARCHITECTS WIN INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION FOR THE SECOND TIME IN 7 MONTHS YOUNG ARCHITECTS AWARDED INTERNATIONAL PRIZE IN THE GAMECHANGERS COMPETITION PROMOTED BY ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY AND NIKE INC.

Design: blaanc borderless architecture / CaeiroCapurso

San Pedro Apóstol Rural Sports Center San Pedro Apóstol Sports Center
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Just 7 months after winning the international architecture competition Open Source House in Ghana, the Portuguese office blaanc borderless architecture in partnership with Mexican based architects CaeiroCapurso have been awarded a 25.000$USD funding by the international competition Gamechangers, for their Project dedicated to building a Rural Sports Center in San Pedro Apóstol in México for its underprivileged community. The competition was promoted and financed by Architecture for Humanity in partnership with Nike Inc. in another initiative to increase social cohesion through sports. The Project will be built in 2011 spurring social and sustainable development through architecture.

YOUNG PORTUGUESE ARCHITECTS AWARDED INTERNATIONAL FUNDING FROM ARCHITECTURE FOR HUMANITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH NIKE INC.

Just 7 months after winning the international architecture competition Open Source House in Ghana, the Portuguese office blaanc borderless architecture belonging to four young architects – Ana Morgado, Lara Camilla Pinho, Carmo Sousa Macedo Caldeira and Maria da Paz Sequeira Braga – in collaboration with Mexican based office CaeiroCapurso of Portuguese architect João Caeiro and Italian architect Fulvio Capurso along with collaborators Alessandra Basile (IT) and Efrain Vasquez (MX), has been awarded a 25.000$USD funding by the international competition Gamechangers. A campaign to encourage community organizations to empower youth through sports by proposing programs that spur social and economic development in a community.

The competition was promoted by Nike Inc in partnership with Architecture for Humanity, a charitable organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises and brings professional design services to communities in need. They believe that where resources and expertise are scarce, innovative, sustainable and collaborative design can make a difference. The partnership with Nike Inc. awards funding to guarantee the construction of the awarded projects for sports related facilities.

Total funding is of 500.000$USD, which will be distributed with a minimum of 2 grants per continent.

The San Pedro Apóstol – Rural Sports Center competed with over 200 proposals from 61 countries and stood out for its choice of materials, implementation, sustainability and community involvement under the philosophy of “LEARNING BY BUILDING”.

The Project will be built on a rural community plot in the Municipality of San Pedro Apóstol, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, located only 120m from the Primary and Elementary Schools of the village. This sports facility meets the dreams of this small community, especially the youths, by creating a Center where several physical activities may be practiced not only by the locals but also visitors.

A soccer field as well as a basketball court are foreseen, which will host the important “inter-villa” tournaments and the local schools. The elderly population is provided with several pathways and the existing dike will be used for nautical sports, becoming unique throughout this region.

All interventions intend to be an example of sustainability, be it the materials used, construction techniques or taking advantage of the local natural resources.

One of the Project’s strong points is it’s innovative concept of educational philosophy know as “LEARNING BY BUILDING”, The aim is to be built mainly by local inhabitants using a system of self-construction, allowing the Center to not only provide a sports facility but also education during the construction process.

ABOUT THE WINNERS:

Design: blaanc borderless architecture / CaeiroCapurso

blaanc borderless architecture
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blaanc borderless architecture is a young international design team made up of four architects, Ana Morgado, Lara Camilla Pinho, Carmo Sousa Macedo Caldeira and Maria da Paz Sequeira Braga. They are based in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, working mainly in Portugal and Brazil. One of blaanc’s main goals is to work with sustainable building and eco-affordable designs, with a special approach in contributing to better living conditions.
www.blaanc.com

CaeiroCapurso
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CaeiroCapurso, is formed by architects João Caeiro (PT) and Fulvio Capurso (IT) who currently live in Oaxaca, México. They are especially dedicated to working with rural communities, having developed several sustainable projects and research on construction with local materials, specializing in earth and bamboo. They have organized Project and Construction workshops at the Faculdade de Arquitectura – Universidade Autónoma Benito Juarez in Oaxaca and are teachers of Artistic Design and Geometry at the Faculdade de Belas Artes. Alessandra Basile (IT) and Efrain Vasquez (MX) are currently collaborating with CaeiroCapurso.
http://berootstudio.wordpress.com/

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

SAN PEDRO APÓSTOL – RURAL SPORTS CENTER

“Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”
Nelson Mandela

Using this motto as an inspiration, the San Pedro Apóstol – Rural Sports Center Project was created as an answer to the challenge proposed by the international Gamechangers Competition promoted by Nike Inc. and Architecture for Humanity.

The competition is a campaign to encourage community organizations to empower youth through sports by proposing programs that spur social and economic development in a community. Projects may be located in rural, semi-rural or urban areas; have singular goals or have multiple functions, but must address one or more of the following key areas:
– Improved access to opportunities to participate in sport;
– Removal of physical, economic, social and gender barriers to participation in sport;
– Improved social cohesion;
– Improved physical activity;
– Provide innovative alternatives to play spaces for communities that lack resources;
– Positively affect the environment or reduce negative environmental impact of sportrelated initiatives;
– Opportunities for social and economic empowerment generated by the Project.
The goal of the program is to support the design and construction of innovative facilities through a matching grant fund.

The San Pedro Apóstol – Rural Sports Center, not only takes into account all of the above, it also uses an innovative concept of educational philosophy know as “LEARNING BY BUILDING”. The aim is to be built mainly by local inhabitants using a system of self-construction, allowing the Center to not only provide a sports facility but also education during the construction process, creating a greater sense of place and allowing the community to identify with the new construction.

The awarded Project will be built on a rural community plot in the Municipality of San Pedro Apóstol, in the state of Oaxaca, Mexico, where, due to a large amount of emigration from the male population, the women and children are forced to fend for themselves, leaving less time for the youths to practice sports and to grow up like children should.

The Center will have multiple sports functions aimed at different population segments and will provide a large diversity of activities including soccer, basketball, kayak, athletics, cycling, fishing, walking, education, agriculture and recycling.

A soccer field as well as a basketball court are foreseen, which will host the important “inter-villa” tournaments and provide an exercise place for the local schools. An appropriate area for the traditional “Pelota Mixteca” (pre-Hispanic sport and second most played in the country) is also included.

The Sports Center is equipped with locker rooms, a medical post, a storage area and a multipurpose auditorium. The roofs are ventilated according to the predominant winds allowing natural cooling. Walls are made of earth and stone due to their thermal properties and are of great value in this extremely hot area. A rainwater collector will also be installed.

Since Mexicans traditionally like to cook outside, a barbeque and outdoor eating area is provided.

The existing dike is used for nautical sports (swimming and kayak) and is unique throughout the region. By taking advantage of the existing municipal project to amplify the dike, a natural slope will be created from the excess earth in order to form an amphitheatre around the sports fields. Along this slope autochthonous trees will be planted providing shade for the spectators.

For the older population, pathways have been layed out with resting and exercise points along the way. These elements will be built using different techniques and local materials (earth, bamboo, cactus) as demonstrative examples of sustainable options.

Finally, a didactical vegetable garden and a recycling center will be incorporated in the sports complex.

All interventions intend to be an example of sustainability, be it the materials used, construction techniques or taking advantage of the local natural resources.

San Pedro Apóstol Rural Sports Center images / information from blaanc borderless architecture


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