DCFA Architecture Film Series: My Playground
Parkour is a physical activity developed from military obstacle training. Participants aim to get from point A to point B in the most efficient way possible, using their bodies and their surroundings to propel themselves.
The documentary My Playground explores the way parkour and freerunning are changing the perception of urban space and how the spaces and buildings they are moving on are changing parkour practitioners. Mainly set in Copenhagen, the film follows Team JiYo as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo convey architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills—ones which might be just as groundbreaking as the architecture itself.
The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where these new forms of urban mobility are heading. Filmmaker Kaspar Astrup Schröder set out to more closely examine the way that traceurs interact with architecture - honing in on parkour and urban mobility in modern cities spaces via Team JiYo and the people that determine how the space is shaped within our cities.
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