2014

Sport in the city

Pavillon de l'Arsenal

As industrial society conceived modern sport in the XIXth century, the postmodern urban society at the end of the XXth century pushed informal city sports underground, which are equally strong indicators of the lifestyle transformations and the contemporary social relationships to urban spaces.

ALTERNATIVE PRACTICES

These physical activities exercised independently of institutional structures and sports federations should be placed amongst the thousands of playful practices by which inhabitants reappropriate the public space within their cities?

Ski dans Paris, Ski dans Paris, glisse extrême, Julien Diaz © INA, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Skating in Paris 
Skieurs sur une piste artificielle aménagée dans les anciennes Halles centrales de Paris, en décembre 1969., © Josée Lorenzo/INA, 1969, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Skiers on an artificial track (1969) 
Jérémy Garcia, skater., © David Turakiewicz, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Board activies, urban travel, cycling, and ball games are some of these "alternative practices". As is evident with such neologisms, they never stop reinventing themselves. Streetball, Parkour, Freestyle, Street Surfing, Urbanball, and Skateboarding are some of these creations which would each be contemplated in a more precise way.
Bike Polo au Palais de Tokyo, Bike Polo au Palais de Tokyo © Kevin Walsh, 2014, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Bike Polo at Palais de Tokyo 
Sport musculation de rue, © Sophie Robichon/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Daily on the sidewalks, in gardens, at the edge of the Seine, city-dwellers gather and transform the city into an open-air gymnasium. Whether these disciplines are named crossfit or street workout, they reproducing gymnastic figures while associating them to a race, jump, weight lifting, the movement of objects and the use of devices outdoors.
Taï Chi Chuan, © Gérard Sanz/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Taï Chi Chuan 
Espace de glisse Léon Claudel, © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Léon Claudel skatepark 
Pink Flamingo, résidence étudiante et playground de basket, Paris 13e, 2012. Stéphane Maupin, architecte, 2012 ; Vinci Immobilier pour RIVP et CROUS de Paris, maître d’ouvrage., Pink Flamingo, résidence étudiante et playground de basket, Paris 13e, 2012. Stéphane Maupin, architecte, 2012 ; Vinci Immobilier pour RIVP et CROUS de Paris, maître d’ouvrage. © Clément Guillaume, 2012, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Pink Flamingo, student residence and basketball court, Paris 13 (2012). Architect Stéphane Maupin. 
Inauguration des berges de Seine Rive gauche, © Sophie Robichon/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Inauguration of the Berges de Seine Left Bank 
Randonnée Rollers et Coquillages, © Gérard Sanz/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Rollerblade and Rollerskate tour 
Partie de badminton aux Invalides, © Année Zéro /Stéphane Demoustier, Benoît Marn, Jeanne Demoustier, 2014, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Badminton at the Invalides 
Bords de Seine, © Jacques Leroy/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
The banks of the Seine 
Capoeira, © Jacques Leroy/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Capoeira 
Skyliners Paris - Sébastien Montaz, Skyliners Paris - Sébastien Montaz, 2014, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Paris Skyliners - Sébastien Montaz
Partie de pingpong, © Année Zéro /Stéphane Demoustier, Benoît Marn, Jeanne Demoustier, 2014, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Ping-Pong game
Streetgolf - le 19ème trou, Streetgolf - le 19ème trou © Gildas Raffenel, 2014, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
StreetGolf - “The 19th hole” Collective 
Dash contest PSC Berges de Seine, © Paris Skate Culture, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Skate contest on the Berges de Seine

Appearing in France at the end of 1990s, Parkour is an alternative sports practice in urban zones. This “art travelling” calls for jump tricks, techniques of climbing and fast running to cross the inexhaustible variety of physical obstacles produced by the city scape. Inspired by the sports routines of Georges Hébert's “Natural Method”, Parkour grew in Ile-de-France, between Évry and Courcouronnes, from the transformation of a climbing sculpture, The Lady of the Lake, by two young sportsmen, David Belle and Sébastien Foucan.

Saut de chat, © Parkour Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Paris, a playground. 
Partie de hockey sur patins à roulettes, esplanade des Invalides, Paris, mars 1941., © LAPI/Roger-Viollet, 1941, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
A roller skating hockey match, Plaza of the Invalides (1941)
Tournoi de Bike-Polo, © Tristan Puchaux, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Bike Polo tournament 
Skatepark à la Villette, 1978, © LAPI / Roger-Viollet, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Skatepark at La Villette (1978) 
Espace de glisse Léon Claudel, © Jean-Baptiste Gurliat/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Léon Claudel skatepark 
Démonstration des sapeurs-pompiers, exercices d’escalades le long d’une maison, caserne Carpeaux, 1913, © BNF, département des Estampes et de la photographie, 1913, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
A demonstration by firefighters (1913) 
Sport musculation de rue, © Sophie Robichon/Mairie de Paris, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Street sports
Réaménagement de la place de la République, Réaménagement de la place de la République, 75003/75010/75011 Paris. TVK Trévelo & Viger-Kohler Architectes Urbanistes ; AREAL + Martha Schwartz Partners, paysagiste ; AIK – Yann Kersalé, concepteur lumière, 2013 ; Ville de Paris, maître d’ouvrage. © Pierre-Yves Brunaud, 2013, From the collection of: Pavillon de l'Arsenal
Place de la République
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