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Stackable sports pitches make use of unused urban space

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Architecture firm AL_A unveiled its Pitch/Pitch concept that uses modular carbon fiber structures to create multiple sports fields in tiny urban spaces.

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Designed specifically for use in urban areas where space is limited and safety is a concern, AL_A’s stackable Pitch/Pitch sports fields turn athletic endeavors into a community event. The clear sided structures provide views for passersby, and for spectators, covered walkways around the pitches provide up-close enjoyment of the action. The pitches can be configured for different sports, including football, basketball and hockey, and for different sized teams starting with three-a-side.

Integrated lighting and stairwells, as well as the lightweight carbon fiber material, mean the pitches can be constructed and deconstructed quickly and easily. The design team envisions Pitch/Pitch structures to be used for time-limited events or for much longer, depending on the space available. They can also be used for other activities as well.

Sport connects people and creates community and new materials and designs are helping to make it more accessible. A shipping container that contains everything needed to build a community center and sports field is now available. And for friends wanting to watch a game together, a new virtual reality platform creates a stadium everyone can gather in. What other community services could be delivered in similar modular style?



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