LNOB Film 12: “One more round”

Film 12: “One more round” Director: Ali Baghirov Description: Parking is one of the significant city planning problems of Baku. Out of the central areas, neighborhoods of Baku are divided into “micro-districts” which are packed with 5-9 floors high buildings. These Soviet-era neighborhoods usually lack parking lots and the cars pile up in the backyard of the residence buildings. The situation is mostly the same for the central areas and the backstreets of many neighborhoods are packed with cars of residents or the people working nearby. The situation also challenges citizens when they drive to different areas of the city for different purposes. In conclusion, the unorganized parking takes up so much space both in the backyard and frontier of many buildings, and the blocked neighborhoods create many struggles for the residents and citizens. The film addresses the parking issues with a focus on kids who want to enjoy their leisure time in the backyard of their homes, but face many struggles due to the cars taking up their space: Children in the neighborhood reclaim the streets! They want to play one more round of soccer, but the already existing limited and shrinking space for a playground is taken away by the cars coming in and out of the yard. Also, children playing in the “playground” of the residential buildings put parked vehicles in danger, and many incidents usually occur. You could see a grumpy person taking their head off of the window and shouting “go play your soccer somewhere else”. City design and the built environment around the residential neighborhoods should take everyone’s needs into account. Including kids who love to play games in the backyard of their apartments… This project was realized in collaboration with the Copenhagen Architecture Festival (thanks to the support of The New Democracy Fund). The full version of the film and all films that are produced within the scope of the project can be found on cafx.dk.

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