Hoops

Youth migrate online as they lose IRL social space

January 16th, 2014 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

As I’ve been thinking about ad-hoc basketball hoops in my Chicago neighborhood, one of the frames for these devices is that of the creation and loss of public space for youth.  This year there’s been a ton of media coverage about how youth engage with the Internet and social media, much of it problematizing a […]


Hoops in my childhood neighborhood

December 29th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I went home to visit my family in Central Pennsylvania this week.  Since I’ve been taking photos of improvised basketball hoops around my neighborhood in Chicago, I thought I’d share some photos of hoops around the neighborhood where I grew up.  When I first started noticing improvised hoops in Chicago, I was surprised at the […]


Improvised Christmas Trees

December 29th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Looking for improvised basketball hoops, my attention gets snapped to other ways people improvise things.  The Atlantic posted a number of photos of improvised Christmas Trees in the Philippines.


Private publics

November 7th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

I’ve been looking for ad-hoc basketball hoops in my neighborhood for the past couple of weeks, taking alleys on my bike instead of the streets as I move from place to place as part of my routine.  I’ve run into these homemade hoops pretty much every day.  I shouldn’t be surprised, because, where I grew […]


About Hoops

November 7th, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments

Hoops is a project that I’m undertaking to find and document, homemade basketball hoops in Chicago. I became interested in these structures when I saw a couple of guys playing in an alley near my house in Humboldt Park. Around the same time, a schoolyard basketball court in the neighborhood had been inexplicably removed and […]


Ad-hoc basketball courts

September 1st, 2013 by Geoffrey Hing | No Comments