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Pop-Up Exercise & Eat

Use vacant buildings and land by installing temporary highly-interactive work-out structures that also house food preparation and serving areas for refueling.

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While I was an intern at the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems we briefly worked on a project for a potentially-temporary gym where the structure was part of the exercise equipment (louvers for rope connections, ceiling structure for pull-ups, etc) and also used breezes for cooling and wind power. A schematic design that was developed is shown above.

Tony Hornecker has created wonderful temporary restaurants using reclaimed materials for limited time periods. An image of one event is shown above.

Merging the two seems like an ideal opportunity to draw attention to potentially useful vacant buildings and sites while providing opportunities for food entrepreneurs.

Exercising is good for the body and mind, but can become mundane. An intriguing, interactive, and community-building work out opportunity could have a large draw. People need to eat after they exercise; a perfect opportunity for someone to prepare or sell healthy, nourishing food to satisfy the post work-out cravings.

Beyond the health and economic impacts is an opportunity for land banks, property owners, or cities to showcase a salvageable building or vacant lot. People will be drawn to the event, interact with each other, and see the property or building from outside of their car (physically be in the space).

What resources (money, time, people, technology, etc) will your concept need to be successful?

Exercise professionals, exercise equipment, yoga instructors, liability insurance, advertising, and food preparation equipment.

What steps could you take to implement this idea today?

Present idea to existing gyms to gauge interest. Develop simple and safe exercise routines. Collaborate with marathon/5k/etc organizers to fully understand exercise events. Develop a healthy menu.

How can your idea be scaled so that it's implemented in cities around the world?

A simply built and easy-to-replicate building system that can be placed in vacant lots and park spaces would make this idea able to be placed anywhere with enough space. The more flexible the design the more adaptable and scalable it can be per location.

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Photo of Meena Kadri

Great stuff, Jesse! Great mash-up of your personal work experience & Hornecker's projects.