Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-5
  2. Pages 6-13
  3. Pages 14-27
  4. Pages 28-51
  5. Pages 52-71
  6. Pages 72-83

About this book


PARKitectOUR, is a book which documents the three student workshops held in Italy and Switzerland by the University Of Applied Sciences of Bern. The task was to show Parkour and architecture within urban projects.

Parkour is a new sport that was created in the suburbs of Paris. A ‘Traceur’ (the runner) moves smoothly, acrobatically and quickly through impenetrable, typically urban terrain. The Traceurs motion creates the "urban free flow." This urban free flow is what the students had to trace in their designs.

This was completed along with urban planning tasks in the surroundings of a Luigi Nervi building in Turin. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the Politecnico di Torino. The other two workshops are part of the freshman curriculum at the university where Guy Lafranchi is the dean of studies of the architecture department.


Experimental Architecture Experimentelle Architektur RIEA Studentenarbeiten Students Work V209

About the authors

LEBBEUS WOODS, born in 1940, trained Architect, worked for Eero Saarinen (1964-1968). Theory and experimental projects since 1976. Founder and Scientific Director of the Research Institute of experimental Architecture, Europe (RIEA Europe). Has been a visiting Professor of Architecture at the Cooper Union, SCI-Arc, Harvard and Columbia Universities.

GUY LAFRANCHI, born in 1966, trained Architect (ETH Zürich). He founded his own studio in Bern. Held lectures on his work at the Barlett School of Architecture, London and The Netherlands Architecture Institute (NAI), Rotterdam. Member of RIEA Europe. Dean Department for Architecture at the University of Applied Sciences, Bern.

Bibliographic information