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Skate park Gummersbach, Germany – speech on the fsb trade fair cologne

On November 09th we will give a speech about the skate park Gummersbach, Germany in the context of the bdla-day, der STADT und RAUM Messe under der FSB-Cologne. The program as pdf: bdla-fsb-2017-werbeblatt

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Skateboarders are ChangeMakers!

Skateboarders are ChangeMakers! Europatour 2017 The three skaters Sujin, Arun und Ramkesh are on their way through europe to tell the story how skating has changed their lifes. Come the the skatepark GUmmersbach, Germany on September 19th to hear their story and to skate together! Video show, skate contest at the skatepark and something to eat and drink awaity you!

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Skateparks as vehicles of development cooperation

Skateparks are very attractive vehicles for development cooperation for a variety of reasons. They promote social and integrative skills, as well as coordination and sensory-motor skills. Unlike classical club sports, the emphasis here is on self-organisation and group cohesion. They therefore represent a very good means of selfhelp: instead of competitiveness, cooperation is encouraged and is lastingly anchored in society.   The whoel article in german and english:   sb 4-2017 Skateparks DE sb 4-2017 Skateparks EN

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Spaces for movement – when standards and user preferences collide

The magazine for landscaping architecture „Anthos” has put out an article by us in its May 2017 issue with the title “When standards and user preferences collide”. In it we explore how norms and other regulations for  skate- and bike parks can be matched with the demands and expectations of its future users. BMX and skateboarding are well-established forms of sport; subsequently, the demand for high quality roll-sport-facilities is on the rise Design and construction of these projects requires a […]

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BMX Freestyle Park will be olympic in Tokyo 2020

BMX has already grown up as a trend sport type in the 1970s and since then has grown. In the scene only BMX-Race was first driven, which became an Olympic discipline 8 years ago. In the seventies and eighties, however, a variety of styles have already developed, mostly under freestyle. BMX Freestyle Park – one of the most popular BMX discipline – will officially be represented at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. The international cycling association UCI has announced that […]

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Sports and leisure facility – flyer of german landscape architects

The Federation of German landscape architects from NRW bdlanw a flyer (download) on the subject of sport and recreational facilities put out. Because Skate parks are a fundamental part of modern sports and leisure facilities a park by us in the flyer is in Lübbecke! Sport plays a diverse role in the life of the people. A compete in the athletic competition to top performance, the others find the balance to the job in the movement, operate it with the […]

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DIN standards and traffic safety at skate and bike parks

DIN standards and traffic safety at skate and bike parks, an issue that many busy. We will also give a presentation to ensure clarity. On November 16, at the 6th sport infra – The Sports Fair – we are supposed to speak as part of the Forum Trend sports facilities. Die Sports Fair is held at 16.th and 17.th November and is free.More information: Website of the sportinfra.      

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Finally, there is a set of rules for skate parks! – Recommendation for Skate and Bike Facilities

Finally, there is a set of rules for skate parks, because in the past decades the popular sports skateboard, BMX and mountain bike became mainstream sports. In addition to the professional field, the roll sports became also an increasingly popular sport and have become integral parts of youth culture and movement in public space. As a result, reinforced skate and bike plants will be built, which should also be suitable for use with other roller sports equipment, like balance bicycles, […]

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(Deutsch) Jugendhilfe mit Skateboards

Skatepark in Kigali, Rwanda – report in the sb magazine of the iaks – International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities. In Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, a skatepark was opened. The skatepark was realised in cooperation with skate-aid, SOS Children’s Villages Wordlwide and Concrete Landscapes. The project was funded by the Federal Minestry for Economic Cooperation and Development and Takko hilft e.V. pdf Skatepark Rwanda

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+++ GaLaBau Trade Fair Nuermberg +++ FLL Recommendation +++ Lectures about Skate and Bike Parks +++

The GaLaBau International Trade Fair for Urban Green and Open Spaces takes place from 14. to 17. September.   You will find us in the hall 3A at the stand 206 here   The Recommendaton for the design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities was successfully published and will be presented Wednesday, 14. September in the hall 4A, stand 114.                   Take a look at our lecture about skate and biek […]

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Sport Facilities 2.0 open, free and outdoors? Lecture in Muelheim, Germany

On September 7, 2016, we will hold a lecture on skate and bike parks in Muelheim, Germany under the title Sports Facilities 2.0: open, free and outdoors? The Sport Service Muelheim, sport league muelheim and the Sports Federation of NRW, Germany will held this meeting on 7 September 2016.

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(Deutsch) Skatepark Bethlehem – jetzt in neuem Look!

The construction of the multifunctional skatepark started in November 2015. The project is realized with the support of Skate-Aid, SOS Children’s Village and the German Post/ DHL. An international construction team consisting of an American, a Serb and two Germans will build the skatepark in Palestine. Since this summer Bethlehem has a new paint job: AptART coordinated the paint job, the photos are by Tracey Shelton:

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(Deutsch) Skatepark in der Garten + Landschaft

In the July issue of the garden + landscape magazine a report on the skate park in Bethlehem, Palestine is included. “Concrete can look beautiful or not. It all depends on what you make of it.” More on this topic and the skate park in Bethlehem can be read in the article here.

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Participation at the DIN standards committee about skate- und parkour facilities

Ralf Maier works through the German Sport University in the DIN standards committee skate and parkour facilities. The Working Committee is responsible for the standardization of skate facilities. The product standards apply to installations for users of inline skates, roller skates, skateboards or similar roller sports equipment and BMX bicycles. The committee defines general and specific requirements and test methods for equipment used in unsupervised areas. Important aspects are eg. security-related requirements for characteristics, test methods, marking and serviceability. [Excerpt […]

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Workshop and youth participation with young migrants in Gummersbach, Germany

Physical education with a difference! Workshop with children and young migrants in Gummersbach. Once again it appears that skating and BMX knows no boundary between cultures. We have presented the state of planning for the sports and leisure park Gummersbach and answered questions, then we went to the gym of the high school. After a short demonstration, the kids and teenagers were rode the skateboards and BMX by themselves. Thanks to skate-aid and the People’s Store for the support with […]

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Architects Newspaper published an article about the skatepark Bethlehem

The Architects Newspaper published an article about the skatepark Bethlehem. The Architect’s Newspaper serves up news and inside reports to a niche community of architects, designers, engineers, landscape architects, lighting designers, interior designers, academics, developers, contractors, and other parties interested in the built urban environment. Read the article online: “German landscape architecture firm Maier Landschaftsarchitektur has designed a very colorful addition to Bethlehem, a town you’d be forgiven for foremost associating with the birthplace of a certain Biblical character. Built […]

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FLL recommendation for the design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities

FLL – research and development company for landscape development and landscape construction The FLL pursued by statute exclusively charitable purposes for the promotion of science and research for landscape development and landscaping in areas fundamentals, planning, design and production as well as the preparation and dissemination of policies and guidelines in these areas. Ralf Maier is director of the rules committee for the “design, construction and maintenance of skate and bike facilities”. Currently the “recommendation for the design, construction and […]

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Trade fair FSB Cologne

Visit us at the trade fair FSB in Cologne from 27th 30th October 2015, at the planner forum.  We have the chance to communicate the topic of design and construction of bike and skatepark to municipalities, architects and other landscape architects in a series of lectures by the association of German landscape architects nrw.

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IAKS Congress 2015 – lecture and seminar

The international IAKS Congress in Cologne will be from 27th – 30th October 2015. Dipl.-Ing. Ralf Maier participates this year to give a lecture on “Urban Spaces of Movement”. There is also a seminar on the topic: “Urban space for skate and bike activities”.

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Playground@Landscape Magazine 5/2015

For the issue 05/2015 of the international Trade Journal for Play, Sports and Leisure Areas – the Playground@Landscape, we wrote a text: “Much ado about nothing– Noise emissions from biking and skateparks. Notes on the application of VDI guideline 3770.” → Read here (.PDF)

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urbanize! 2015, Vienna – “Skatepark in a Box”

From the 02nd-10th of octobre 2015 „the international festival for urban explorations – urbanize!“, will held again in Vienna, Austria. On the festival ground are refugees housed as well. That’s why we will build a “Skatepark in a box” together with and for the refugees. „Skatepark in a box“ is our latest idea as an urban module for a personal skatepark construction. Supported by Skate-Aid there will be Skateboard workshops as well.

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Feasibility study MTB single trail Bonn, Germany

The city of Bonn, Germany is planning to build two sections for MTB bikes at the Venusberg location in Bonn, NRW, Germany. We were entrusted with the a feasibility study.

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WLA Magazine – June 2015

In the current issue of the “WLA Magazine (World Landscape Architecture Magazine)” is a report about our project “Skatepark SOS Children’s Village Bethlehem, Palestina“. → read the article (.pdf)

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Day of architecture – Oberhausen, Germany

From 27.-28. of june 2015 there was the “Day of architecture” in Oberhausen-Holten. The Skatepark Oberhausen-Holten was designed by us and built by Yamato Living Ramps in 2013. German-Facebook-Site: M:AI Museum für Architektur und Ingenieurkunst NRW

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Außenraum magazine – Interview with Ralf Maier

In the current issue of the Außenraum magazine (external space magazine, a magazine about planning, implementation and maintenance of outdoor facilities) an interview with Ralf Maier on the subject skate and bike equipment can be read. → Beitrag lesen (.pdf)  

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Skatepark Panna, Indien – report in the SB magazine

The current issue of the SB (International magazine for sports, leisure and recreational facilities) includes a report about our project Skatepark Panna, India. → read report (.pdf)

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Bench “Sit or Ride”

In cooperation with the company Westeifel we have created the bench “sit or ride”. The bench is available in various versions and formats (length/ size/ color/ material) and available only through Westeifel. This bench is designed in a way that it can not be damaged by the use of skaters and bikers!

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Schlachthof Flensburg, Germany

We designed a special element for the group “Flensburger Sportpiraten” (Sport pirates of Flensburg) for their BMX- and Skatepark: A manualpad with chinawall made out of granite!

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Landscaping and gardening expert conference sports field maintenance

FLL – research and development company for landscape development and landscape construction The FLL pursued by statute exclusively charitable purposes for the promotion of science and research for landscape development and landscaping in areas fundamentals, planning, design and production as well as the preparation and dissemination of policies and guidelines in these areas. The FLL symposium greens care wil ltake place on the 4th of June 2014 in Bochum, Germany. There, the new sports ground maintenance policy is presented. This […]

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