MIKAELA STEBY STENFALK

- visual designer, architect & curator.

 

COPY COLLECTION - ongoing research into the life of reproductions online, COLLECTIVE COLLECTION: SISTINE CHAPEL - what we actually see through social media, COLLECTIVE COLLECTION: MONA LISA - visual communication thesis on collective memory of space, BOXEN - a platform for fast-changing, experimental exhibitions at ArkDes in Stockholm, MODELLARKIVET - inaugurating show in Boxen, SUPER-MAKER - research project exploring the possibilities of elevated printing with Canon and Design Academy Eindhoven, FOOTBALL.CITY - a research into urban spaces through the eyes of Google Maps, EXHIBITION + EDUCATION - architecture thesis on two pedagogic institutions.

 

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FOOTBALL.CITY

- a research into urban spaces through the eyes of Google Maps.

 

Flying above a city on a weekday evening, you might notice large green rectangles, spreading across the city. Lit up by strong spotlights, these clear green shapes appear almost luminous, like neon signs. Soon, this is all you will be able to see from your small window; football fields.

 

In cities, we tend to look at the highest building and see a position of power and money, but in urban spaces, land is actually a big part of the cost. Therefore, something flat—like a football field—might be worth much more than a high building.

 

These maps show an aerial view of the capital cities of the hosts of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup for the past eight times, from Italy (Rome) in 1990 to 2018 in Russia (Moscow).

 

Comparing the structure in which they are distributed over the different cities, and how the football fields relate socially and financially to the cities themselves; a football field in Paris can be worth up to 76 million euros in property value alone, even though there is only 6.9 % of Paris’ population who regularly play on the fields, and only 8 % of those are female. Meanwhile, Washington DC has a much more equal gender division, however also less than half the amount of football fields per km2 (which are often shared on fields for American football).

 

The aim of this research is not to criticise nor celebrate football fields in the cities, but to raise questions about how public spaces are distributed, invested in, as well as for whom.

 

All Rights Reserved © copyright Mikaela Steby Stenfalk. Do not use, edit or copy any of my projects without consent.

 

FOOTBALL.CITY

- a research into urban spaces through the eyes of Google Maps.

 

Flying above a city on a weekday evening, you might notice large green rectangles, spreading across the city. Lit up by strong spotlights, these clear green shapes appear almost luminous, like neon signs. Soon, this is all you will be able to see from your small window; football fields.

 

In cities, we tend to look at the highest building and see a position of power and money, but in urban spaces, land is actually a big part of the cost. Therefore, something flat—like a football field—might be worth much more than a high building.

 

These maps show an aerial view of the capital cities of the hosts of the FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) World Cup for the past eight times, from Italy (Rome) in 1990 to 2018 in Russia (Moscow).

 

Comparing the structure in which they are distributed over the different cities, and how the football fields relate socially and financially to the cities themselves; a football field in Paris can be worth up to 76 million euros in property value alone, even though there is only 6.9 % of Paris’ population who regularly play on the fields, and only 8 % of those are female. Meanwhile, Washington DC has a much more equal gender division, however also less than half the amount of football fields per km2 (which are often shared on fields for American football).

 

The aim of this research is not to criticise nor celebrate football fields in the cities, but to raise questions about how public spaces are distributed, invested in, as well as for whom.

 

All Rights Reserved © copyright Mikaela Steby Stenfalk. Do not use, edit or copy any of my projects without consent.