Learning from the (place) likes of skateboarders

Outside Barcelona’s principal contemporary art museum, MACBA, skateboarders exhibit their skill, concentration and precision, not unlike the architect who carved new lines and folded new spaces into this mixed urban landscape.  Except the skateboarders are indisputably dynamic.  Weaving amidst others passing by or lingering here, their movement adds energy to this place, and is inextricably linked to its physical parameters.

Yet the skateboarders can be a noisy nuisance, particularly for nearby residents if the clatter of boards on concrete goes on for hours on end and late into the evening.

What would you do–prohibit, tolerate, regulate, enjoy?

From a lecture by Iain Borden and opinion piece on The Independent‘s pages:

“What skateboarding, and all the myriad urban practices of the city tell us, is that we need to need to celebrate three things: different peoples, different spaces and different ways of knowing the city.”


One Comment on “Learning from the (place) likes of skateboarders”

  1. Seems to me the quote at the end almost presents us with a template for a better world never mind the urban issue of skateboarders in cities::
    ‘….need to celebrate three things: different people, different spaces, and different ways of knowing…..’.

    It appears that politicians, planners, and corporate moguls spend little of their time considering the same need. What do they spend their time on?


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