Play With(out) Grounds, vPPR
British Pavilion 2021: Inside The Garden of Delights Tour
Since 2010, roughly one hundred youth clubs have been shut down in London alone. vPPR have been listening to teenagers, giving them a voice and working to understand their specific needs, so they can reclaim their cities and have access to a space of their own.
Too old for the playground, too broke for the cafe, too young for the pub; teenagers are ignored in the design of public spaces. The increasing marginalisation of teenagers has been exacerbated by the pandemic and young people have even fewer places to go: schools and youth centres are closed or highly restricted and the issue of limited space at home has intensified. Can we change the way teenagers experience public space? Can we design new spaces that include young people?
Play with(out) Grounds is a spherical sculpture, simultaneously referencing a playground structure for young children and the adult world of Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights, and in doing so alluding to the contradictions of public life faced by this “in-between” age group. There is potential to sit on it, lie over it, climb it or dance at its centre – it is a space for interpretation and appropriation by teenagers.
In parallel, the structure is a framework for a soundscape of interviews with young people from diverse social backgrounds. It seeks to make the ignored voices of teenagers heard.
We are delighted to be working alongside the other collaborators including, The Decorators, Public Works, Studio Polpo, and Built Works.