There is massive economic disparity in the income generated by the English Premiership and the amount of finance available at football’s grass roots level with the English FA unable to reconcile the needs of the professional and amateur game. This project does not try to resolve this economic imbalance through entering the quagmire of footballing political policies but accepts the situation ‘as it is’. Could architecture save (english) football? Accepting that FC Barcelona today represent the pinnacle of footballing prowess, we adopt their training ethos of ‘think, think, think – space, space, space’. In doing so we accept that design intelligence can improve football and provide better, more accessible footballing spaces to play, train and demonstrate creativity.
The project is supported by Sport England, Play England and the English FA: the first WHAT_architecture Football Box is sited in Toxteth, Liverpool and has architectural features:
If we accept that design can be good as sharp thinking is useful, how can we afford to live in a better designed world?
One way is to build the best, the most for the least. If we create super high density so as to produce super discounted housing, how can we design this so as to have greater qualities than existing forms of housing afford today? Density is great as it leads to intensive productivity. This proposal starts with a prototype house type: in this case, a low cost 3b5p dwelling minimised in size yet maximised in number in accordance to the site yielding 100 units.
The site is in Sukhumi, Abkhazia. The economic context is far below that of the lowest EU state.
The project creates 100 3b5p units over a 100 x 100m city block. That’s means 500 people per hectare or equivalent to a density of 50,000 persons per sqkm. To appreciate the Super-Urbanism of Salakitecture, compare this with a list of the densest populated cities in the world: Manila, the densest, has 43,000 persons per sqkm; Paris has 20,000; London 4700; Istanbul 1700…
This proposal is results in a Super-Suburbanism. Compressed most design low rise for least cost.
One of the first projects to emerge from the new independent offshoot company, WHAT_developments co-directed by Parminder Sandhu, involved working within the current development density (3 storey London terrace house) asked: could this density produce better commercial yield (value for money for both developer and occupant) yet at the same time produce better design? The proposal involves 2 flats: one (4p3b) with a garden at ground and terrace at bedroom(s) level; the other (3p2b) with a roof garden.