Clippy

Colin:
Yeah. I mean, the people who are designing, who built … Sorry, who constructed Penzer Park is Marathon Surfaces, they’re a Canadian firm. I also work with them on the latest park I opened, which is in Northern British Columbia in Fort St. John.

Colin:
In both of those cases, I was available. I wasn’t on site throughout the build process, but I was talking to the contractors to answer questions.

Craig:
Shoot you a photo. What the hell?

Colin:
What’s going on here? This is supposed like he left off a measurement between these two things and then I pull a model up and check that measurement. Yeah, I mean, I think I have a memory of talking to the lead foreman or the lead builder on Penzer and him sort of saying like, “Man, I really didn’t understand what this was going to be or like why things were laid out the way they were when I was looking at this initially. Like okay, I guess, we’ll drill the holes where he says to drill the holes onto these things.”

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America

Colin:
Yeah, before we build the park, we’re like, “Okay. Well, first thing we’re going to do is we’ll just volunteer over time. We’ll get a parkour park done in Seattle. A little park, that will be pretty easy because we’re here and then we’ll go build parks in other places. It turns out that’s the hardest thing in the world.

Craig:
What are the hurdles? Is it … I mean obviously the politics but is the issue zoning or is the issue they don’t understand what the space is for or?

Colin:
It’s a big city. The bigger the city, the harder it is to get anything done on a reasonable timescale. My guess is that, unbeknownst to me, there’s like … Parkour park is like percolating and bubbling up somewhere in the Seattle City Parks Department. In five years, it will pop and then they’ll build a parkour park.

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Three words to describe your practice

Craig:
That’s fine. All right. I don’t know if you’ve listened to any episodes but there’s a question I always ask at the end, which is the three words to describe your practice.

Colin:
It’s variety, density and material. I’m not sure if it’s material, density and variety. How that order is. I think it’s material first. I think it’s material, variety, density, yeah three words that describe my practice, material, variety, density.

Density

Colin:
Tyson and I had this idea. Before we had ever built the parkour park that parkour was so great that if you build a parkour park anywhere it would be awesome, just like any site. Because we haven’t done one, seem impossible to get someone to allow us to do it. Yeah, under a bridge like in an alley way. Who cares? We’ll just build it. It’ll be great.

Colin:
Designing Rhodes, I didn’t give a shit about the plantings or the site and how it looked really. I was just like give me as many square feet as you can possibly give me to put bars and stuff in, because that’s the value. I’m just going to pack the space with parkour junk.

Colin:
My thinking has evolved since then. I had a conversation with … Are you familiar with Street Movement?

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069. Colin MacDonald: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiasts to find out who they are, what they do and why they do it. In this interview, Colin McDonald discusses his experience designing Parkour Parks and what he’s learned from the process. He shares thoughts on his creative process and inspirations before explaining more about landscape architecture and the program he is in.

Craig: Colin unpacks some of his personal design and build dreams along with the realities that affect them and explores the connection between sculpture and parkour design.

Craig: First, a personal request from me to you. If you enjoy the podcast or frankly, anything else our team is doing, please share with others. I know that’s the biggest compliment you can give to say to someone else, I think you will like this. I’ve said it before and I’m going to keep saying it. Thanks for listening.

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069. Colin MacDonald: Parkour design, dream builds, and inspiration

069. Colin MacDonald: Parkour design, dream builds, and inspiration

 
 
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Colin MacDonald discusses his experience designing parkour parks, and what he’s learned from the process. He shares thoughts on his creative process and inspirations before explaining more about Landscape Architecture and the program he is in. Colin unpacks some of his personal design and build dreams, along with the realities that affect them, and explores the connection between sculpture and parkour design.

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