Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body. Front Cover. Iain Borden. Berg Publishers, – Social Science – pages. Iain Borden, Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body, ( Oxford: Berg, ). Revised version to be published in as Skateboarding and. Another Pavement, Another Beach: Skateboarding and the Performative. Critique of Architecture. Derived from Iain Borden, Skateboarding, Space and the City.

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Skateboarders are an increasingly common feature of the urban environment – recent estimates anv 40 million world-wide. We are all aware of their often extraordinary talent and manoeuvres on the city streets.

Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body: Iain Borden: Berg Publishers

This book is the first detailed study of the urban phenomenon of skateboarding. It looks at skateboarding history from the surf-beaches of California in the s, through the purpose-built skateparks of the s, to the street-skating of the present day and shows how skateboarders skatebording and understand the city through their sport.


Dismissive of authority and convention, skateboarders suggest that the city is not just a place for working and shopping but a true pleasure-ground, a place where the human body, emotions and energy can be expressed to the full. The huge skateboarding subculture that revolves around graphically-designed clothes and boards, music, slang and moves provides a rich resource for exploring issues of gender, race, anr, sexuality and the family.

As the author demonstrates, street-style skateboarding, especially characteristic of recent decades, conducts a performative critique of architecture, the city and capitalism.

Anyone interested in the history and sociology of sport, urban geography or architecture will find this book riveting.

Skateboarding, Space and the City

A highly original and extremely well written text that discusses the historical and cultural meaning of skateboarding through an engagin reading of the work of Lefebvre and others. Its relation to architecture is kept beautifully clear. Borden argues that they draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change. I highly recommend it.

It provides a fascinating, open-ended, and ultimately optimistic vision of urban life, for designers, researchers, and citizens. Pick it up and you’ll learn something interesting about the cities you skate in; you might even learn something about skating itself. This book is about you.

It is not written by another ‘band wagon jumper oner’. Iain Borden is a rare breed. I’d like to meet this man and shake him by the hand. He is on our side.


Borden’s book is clearly written and spac guide you through with little confusion. Skateboarding, this marginalised, counter-culture sport, makes a perfect partner for this cutting-edge reinterpretation — and the liveliness of this book is not just in its topic, but also the many pictures and straight-talking quotes taken skateboadding actual skaters about how they think about skateboarding.

Even for a non-skater, its treatment of the development of skateboarding is a fascinating slice of cultural history. You can unsubscribe from newsletters at any time by clicking the unsubscribe link in any newsletter.


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