Physical exercise is an essential activity not only for health but also as a source of psychological well-being. In urban areas this need is spontaneously practiced in parks, public spaces and more often in sports centers, gyms, swimming pools; places where the quality of the environments follows strict functional requirements and - except in rare occasions - is the result of ordinary solutions and banal schemes, both in public and private structures. These spaces need a conceptual update, a new dynamic and active interpretation of the idea of well-being, paying attention to a number of practices such as yoga, pilates, dance, fitness, crossfit, indoor climbing, etc. The proliferation of these new "practices" (which it is not always correct to call sport) is certainly due to emerging life-style trends, nevertheless it should be considered as a chance to rethink more stimulating and healthy spaces, a stimulating alternative to anonymous gyms or exclusive clubs.
The theme of the workshops is the design of an indoor/outdoor sport center for the Campus at Politecnico di Milano. Students projects are placed within existing campus buildings, sometimes adding new functions, as we consider the mind-body relationship a significant component of didactic activities.
The laboratory design work was focused on the following steps:
_ socio-anthropological and behavioral observations related to sporting practices in the urban context;
_ case studies research;
_ identification of innovative ideas with reference to different practices for indoor and outdoor sports;
_ design proposals;
_ language and technology (colors, materials, finishes, special furnishing and equipment).
Politecnico di Milano
workshop concept e management:
Alessandra Litta Buttè
Pole-Sport, experience beyond reality
Paolo Dell’Oro, Anna Favalli, Serena Stefanoni, Simone Testa