Basketball

Basketball is a beloved national sport and past time, so it's no surprise that I find courts everywhere on my journey. Whether as a formal covered area, movable hoops and courts, or just rings tacked onto any surface, basketball is a clear central focus of street life and has to be considered when planning any urban neighborhood, new or existing. 

 Temporary basketball court in action in Navotas. 

Temporary basketball court in action in Navotas. 

 Court with a view and a breeze at the end of Navotas. I've seen courts along the Pasig River before as well. This a good public use of space- it provides recreation outlet for residents and prevents people from occupying these areas. When it floods there is nothing to destroy.  

Court with a view and a breeze at the end of Navotas. I've seen courts along the Pasig River before as well. This a good public use of space- it provides recreation outlet for residents and prevents people from occupying these areas. When it floods there is nothing to destroy.  

 Here the houses are oriented to open onto the public square which accommodates basketball as one of the functions in Valenzuela. 

Here the houses are oriented to open onto the public square which accommodates basketball as one of the functions in Valenzuela. 

 Saying hi to a group of players on a side street in Navotas. 

Saying hi to a group of players on a side street in Navotas. 

    A net around telephone posts turns a corner into a basketball court. It's simple and could be applied elsewhere for a number of uses. I like that it's transparent and people can see the use inside. 

 

A net around telephone posts turns a corner into a basketball court. It's simple and could be applied elsewhere for a number of uses. I like that it's transparent and people can see the use inside. 

 Mobile basketball hoops can be taken down or put up when people want to play. This allows multiple uses on one street depending on time of day, rather than fixed designs which limit activities. 

Mobile basketball hoops can be taken down or put up when people want to play. This allows multiple uses on one street depending on time of day, rather than fixed designs which limit activities. 

 The basketball court outlines are painted on the street. All the players need to do is move the net into place. This frees the street space up when basketball is not being played. 

The basketball court outlines are painted on the street. All the players need to do is move the net into place. This frees the street space up when basketball is not being played.