It all started with...
The concept of Pop-up Ping-Pong: The Tables Have Turned where we invite people to get involved in redesigning public spaces, which touches on an important aspect of our vision; public space is a playground for people. The design of spaces could be in the hands of people using the space more, and that’s why we want people to turn that table with our concept. Through offering the possibility to create a ping-pong table out of several pieces of wood, participants will experience a sense of belonging and ownership as well as form social ties to the space.
“When the tables are turned, the situation has changed giving the advantage to the party who had previously been at a disadvantage."
Why ping-pong? Ping-pong has the unique ability to create a conversation between two people through the action of play. Play literally means to “engage in activity for enjoyment and recreation rather than a serious or practical purpose”. We want to add to that inherent ability by providing the ping-pong balls with questions about the use and experience of public space. Both on the spot and through social media we will collect the input of people that participate.
In June 2017 we were (gratefully) awarded a grant by the City of Vancouver's VIVA-refresh project, allowing us to fund and promote our pop-up ping pong events.
Since then we have been activating spaces all around the city. From Public Discos', Mural Festivals, Greenways, and Plazas to Granville street and Chinatown. Through these activations we have seen strangers interact with eachother through a simple act of playing ping-pong. In these spaces people have not only told stories, laughed, scored points, and hit slams, but also have created a shared experience. We have had people come back to our events week after week looking to create and build a community through play.
REnderings that come to life!
and we're everywhere!
yes, we do bike ping-pong tables around the city...
the design process x behind the scenes
The first design iterations of the ping-pong table were about transformation.
The table designs evolved through 3D modelling, sketching, and lazercutting.
We ended up collaborating and working with Makerlabs in the design and fabrication of our finalized table. Through exploring material constraints we ended up choosing baltic birch as our ideal material for construction.