On the evening of 10 July 2013, a design workshop for the Kamaishi Park for All was held at a temporary structure near where Unosumai Train Station (in Kamaishi city) used to sit.
The event drew nearly 50 local participants, including a city official, the East Kamaishi Middle School baseball team, members of the Youth Sports (soccer) Club, and several parents. Local media agents were also on hand to document the event.
Preliminary designs and models of the park's baseball diamond and two-storey clubhouse were presented by Toyo Ito and Assoc., Architects; a community review and comment session followed for concept and design refinement.
Former site of Unosumai Station
Chief Architect Kobayashi from TIAA introduces clubhouse design considerations
After a brief introduction of the project by the city official, the Architecture for Humanity Design Fellow, and the architect, several models of the preliminary design ideas where taken out of the box, and positioned on a large sheet of paper representing the field the children currently use. The models described the design process and the ideas leading to the current version.
With the latest edition of their idea in hand, the architect presented the concept and some details of the new clubhouse to be built.
As the models were passed around, each person took a careful look at this variation of their future club house, inspecting the details from different angles.
Once the project was presented, everyone was broken down into their respective groups, and given time to discuss amongst themselves and assemble thoughts and comments.
There were several notable concerns, including:
- The site is really windy, so the roof may blow away.
- It would be nice to be able to hold barbecue parties upstairs.
- The first base bench as drawn may be too far from the plate.
- Lighting to practice under after sunset.
- Grass in the outfield for soccer use.
- Additional mounds to have at least 2 pitchers practice at once.
- Another pitching plate installed at the mound for younger players.
Noting these and other valuable opinions and ideas, the architect promised to revise the current design according to the workshop feedback. A third workshop presenting the final, evolved design will be scheduled in Kamaishi in the near future.
Everyone left this session excited about the project, and the kids already cannot wait to see the Park for All completed and use it.
Worn out model did its job
More information, including drawings and more pictures at Park for All project page on Worldchanging.
Reported by Design Fellow Akinobu Yoshikawa