Together with the Indian skate collective HolyStoked, we built India's first publicly accessible skate park in 2013. In the middle of Bangalore, a place has been created where children can play together and do sports regardless of class or gender - something that has never existed before in India.
Together with Make Life Skate Life and Levi's financial support, we brought nearly 40 volunteers to India, including world-renowned pro skaters, to build the first Holy Stoked Park.
This park was the cornerstone for a whole movement in India. Over the past five years, the Holy Stoked team has professionalized itself in skatepark construction and has now built 15 skate parks across India, helping to make skateboarding accessible to thousands of Indian youth. This has resulted in a scene that is not only attracting attention on a national level, but also on an international level.
The skate park in Bangalore is, by the way, probably one of the best and most beautiful skate parks we have ever built. Unfortunately, it's demolished in the meantime, but this makes it all the more an example of how moments can become monuments that don't just manifest themselves in concrete..
+ Format: Buildersjam
What's the best way to plan a large construction site where between 20 and 200 people volunteer to build things in a very short time that would immediately crash any project management software and its project manager? Not at all. At Builder's Jam we provide all the framework conditions and infrastructure - materials, tools, catering - that enable the participants to work smoothly. There is a clear goal and a timeframe, but no ready-made implementation plans. This form of organization creates exceptional, empathetic forms of communication and ways within the group that turn a construction site into a collective mission. This creates a framework for intuitive planning in which everyone builds what they want, according to the common goal. The result is social interactions based on an emergent principle that create an unusual atmosphere and a collective hype that produces extraordinary results.
+ Method: Co-Production
Even after the co-creation process, we do not see ourselves as a mere implementation agency, but see it as a core task to involve as many people as possible with different backgrounds and motivations in the implementation of our projects. In our drafts we therefore do not only work site-specifically, but also group-specifically..
Fotos: Alex Irvine, Jonathan Mehring
+ Method: Performative Urbanism
An understanding of urban development, architecture and the appropriation of the city, not only as an urban space and framework for action, but as a performative subject in itself: not (only) performance in the city, but the city as performance!