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AL_A's stackable football kicks off

Nick Myall
Friday 02 Dec 2016

AL_A have unveiled a new concept for inner-city sites which will help promote a sense of community and healthy living

Football is universal - it brings universal joy to millions across the world and it brings communities together.

But there is a problem as London, along with a lot of major world cities, suffers from a chronic lack of space for sport. Children no longer play in the streets as they once did and adults who want an informal game after work are frustrated by a lack of spaces and by high costs for what is available.

Pitch/Pitch is a series of stackable 5-a-side football pitches which can be erected on derelict or temporarily vacant sites across London.

It is designed to be a temporary installation. Fast and easy to erect, it could last for a fortnight to coincide with a World Cup tournament or last for a year while a site lies dormant ahead of redevelopment.

It encourages the theatre of the game, with spectators and would-be players drawn in as Pitch/Pitch animates the cityscape.

Pitch/Pitch allows the game to retain an urban flavour, adapting to the number of players, from 3-a-side upwards, and awkward shaped sites. And it could also host other activities such as dance classes for children and adults during the day.

Working with Arup, AL_A have designed a modular system using a lightweight carbon-fibre structure. They are now working with partners with a view to financing and implementing the scheme across London.

Nick Myall

News editor

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