A world first: the first Parkour made with a 3D printer was inaugurated in the capital of the Czech Republic. DivercityMag invites you to discover this urban sport.
Parkour is a neologism derived from “obstacle course”. Officially called “art of displacement” in French, it is an acrobatic sport discipline which consists of overcoming urban obstacles, by running, jumping, climbing. A picture is better than a thousand words, so here’s a video. Ready, steady, go!
The project was designed by the architect and vice-president of the Czech Parkour Association Daniel Samek. It contains 14 elements, connected by steel pipes. The set was manufactured using a 3D frame printer and required 12 tonnes of recycled concrete.
A globalised urban sport practice
Besides Parkour training, the elements of the playground can also be used as an outdoor gym and are intended for all residents older than ten years.
“For this project, we have combined a modern sporting discipline with the innovative technology of 3D concrete printing”, explains Daniel Samek. “This gave rise to organic shapes and unique routes.“
Parkour, an urban sport that has become a way of life, initially diverted street furniture from its primary function, inviting us in the process to change our perspective on the uses and functions of the city. Outdoor Parkour has now also developed indoors, which has also legitimised it as a sport in its own right.