14 May | My Playground
2010, Dir. Kaspar Astrup Schroder, 50 mins, various languages with English subtitles
Guest Speaker: Chris Sawyer, Landscape Architect
“My Playground” showcases the connection between buildings and the human body. It celebrates the phenomenon of Parkour or freerunning – a non-competitive sport where participants run along buildings, rooftops and landscapes attempting to negotiate obstacles using only their bodies.
Director Kaspar Astrup Schroder examines the way these traceurs interact with architecture and the people who shape our cities including award winning architect Bjarke Ingles (BIG Architects) who invites Team JiYo to explore his buildings as a way of conveying the architecture.
Mainly set in Copenhagen, the film follows Team JiYo as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. They dream of making the biggest dedicated parkour park in the world, but isn’t parkour and freerunning supposed to be in the city and not in a fixed environment?
The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where urban mobility is heading.
Chris Sawyer is a director of Site Office, a landscape architectural consultancy specialising in public space design, and adjunct professor at the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT. Site Office is widely recognised for their work in innovative public spaces that embrace the overlap and interaction of different uses and the spontaneous and unexpected interactions that result. Prominent award winning projects include the St Kilda Foreshore Promenade and Keast Park in Seaford.
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