ideasSPACE with Prof Iain Borden, Architecture + Urban Culture
“All skateboarding is, is putting ideas into action.”
The urban skateboarding culture arguably takes the everyday, the municipal, the ill-conceived and forgotten parts of a city, and transforms them into active, culturally rich, and fun parts of the city. Why then - when we pay some people to transform the dreary into the engaging - do we not extend this respect to the skateboarding community?
We speak with Iain about the history, virtues and benefits of urban skateboarding to society and establish what cities need to do in order to welcome and design for this creative, political and urban act.
Iain Borden is an architectural historian, Professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett (UCL), author of Skateboarding and the City and urban commentator regularly contributing to discussions about urban skateboarding and its value.