July 10th, 2008 | Published in Google SketchUp
As many of you may remember, we kicked off a design challenge with Architecture for Humanity at SketchUp 3D Basecamp several weeks ago. The challenge was to design a "Sportable": a portable sports product library, product development studio, and futsal (soccer) play area. This Sportable is for deployment into the community of Capao Redondo in Sao Paolo, Brazil. Once deployed, it uses sports to inspire change for youth of both genders, and to provide income generation opportunities for others.
We had a great crowd of folks at the 3D Basecamp charrette, and some of them went back home and kept right on working. After Basecamp, AfH opened up the challenge to their entire Open Architecture Network, and a bunch more folks joined in from there. Last Friday, we called a collective "pencils down!" and took a look at what people had been able to do in the short time available. After long deliberation, the "Sportables" jury is pleased to announce the following winners:
Futebol em toda parte! Mobile Sports Unit – Toby R. Keeton
This brilliant and carefully thought-out compact module is easy to transport and deploy, but also provides incentives for the participants to take ownership in this great community resource, and utilizes simple, available materials. -AfH
Glowing Linesmen – Joseph Ng Tino Chow
A compact cart creatively organizes, dispenses and collects supplies and but also harnesses solar power to define the field through a series of sensors -AfH
Flex Modular Kiosk – ChunSheh Teo
The flexible, adaptable system provides many configurations for various retail, educational and community events, and closes down to a lantern. - AfH
An additional special mention from AfH goes out to:
AfH Founders' Award
[s]table - Jonathan Stahl
We commend this for strong income generation strategies, and creative canopies, but not the shipping containers which are difficult to transport! -AfH
Thanks to everyone who entered, your projects were all great. I've always known that the SketchUp user community includes some of the best and most inventive designers around, and you guys proved it. Please add a comment to this post if you think we should do a competition like this again.