The Community of Football Clubs
Introductions first. I'm Bharat Tripathi.
Paul and I are good friends, cricketing team mates (occasional throw-down partners) and now fellow thingandwhere.com people. I play at bit of sport, I'm training to become an architect, and I'm usually late for stuff.
In the near future, we'll be bringing you something I've been working on over the past 18 months, during my masters at the Manchester School of Architecture. The project, 'The Community of Football Clubs' is about the capital-versus-community relationship between people and their local footballing stadia. On one hand you have a sport with a working-class origin, that is at the heart of millions of people and small businesses, and then you have the ever-growing money-making machine of football as a global product/commodity.
The work will have three main identities:
Research - historical timelines, maps, diagrams, photographs
Design - drawings, sketches, models
Proposal - an architectural intervention (mini masterplan and detailed building) that address the issue at hand
Not just to football, the work is all pretty relevant to the current landscape of economics and politics. I guess the interesting part is how does this issue actually present itself in photography, architecture and design?
Well you're about to find out. More to come soon.
See you around,