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Boxing Boxes

Lisbon, Portugal
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Boxing, both as a tool of self-discipline and control of violence, is part of the civilizing process. Caixas de Boxe / Boxing Boxes seeks the materialization of two years of architectural research that uses a new gym scheme to place the sport as a valuable instrument of spatial and civic activation in marginalized urban areas. Despite of the minimum material requirements for boxing, or perhaps because of, it's practice implies great self-control and physical and mental training, factors that help solve society's needs for violence and offer a alternative to the lethargic and individualistic infrastructure of our towns and cities.

Thus, the installation is conceived as an architectural device that is located between the shortage of equipment and the need for social integration catalysts, which uses boxing as a tool for the exploration of body movement, the contained release of impulses and the revaluation of leisure or "unproductive" activities that under current regulatory standards are often dismissed by athletes, sociologists and architects. In short, it uses the rationality of scarce material resources to generate and intensify social dynamics of civic and individual development.

This prototype, specifically designed to be placed in the Portugal Novo neighborhood as an Associated Project of the Lisbon Architecture Triennale 2019, seeks both the precision of the sport and the ambiguity of play, the temptation of pleasure and the restriction of routine, the creative action and pre-established norms. Explores the ability of minimal architecture to promote exchanges of force and energy that free their occupants from the pursuit of mere survival.