Bend it like (Mia)hamm
(Somkhele, South Africa), Cometition, 2004
||Siyathemba Football Club|
||Africa Center for Health|
& Population Studies
||approx. 2 ha|
Launched in 2004, the "Siyathemba" competition challenged the world’s designers to create the "perfect pitch," for the youth of Somkhele, South Africa, who are three times more likely to become HIV positive than youth in other parts of the world. (Siyathemba means "we hope" in IsiZulu.) In addition to serving as a gathering place for youth between the ages of 9-14, the facilty will double as a health outreach center. The pitch will also be home to the area’s first girls’ football league.
The project emerges from an offensive play, symbolizing the need to tackle the health and development issues facing girls and woman and the wider community. Labour defines the most important resource in the project; extracting and building with adobe bricks applies traditional building methods and distributes income back to the community.