Sport as a tool to revitalize urban 'lost space' : a proposed soccer academy for the adolescent youth of Durban.
The purpose of this research dissertation is to determine the impact of ‘lost spaces’ as a problem to the urban context. The project will therefore investigate issues around how these ‘lost spaces’ affect the relationship between people and space by its overall lack in the social, economic and architectural responses to the urban context. The aim of this research topic is to understand the existence of these ‘lost spaces’ in the urban context of Durban and how to revitalize it via a catalytic tool of sport in the aid of an architectural response in the built form. The objectives of this research will suggest outcomes of how an architectural response such as a Sporting Facility (ie: Soccer Academy) will address issues centred on adolescent youth development as a means to catalyse urban revitalization. These responses to the social, economic and architectural aspects of urban revitalization will be harnessed by a thorough investigative study of theories, concepts, literature and relevant fieldwork in the form of questionnaires and interviews that will enforce the ideal approach towards Sport as a tool to Revitalize Urban ‘Lost Space.’
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