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Don't Skate Here: Exclusion of Skateboarders from Urban Civic Spaces in Three Northern Cities in England

Don't Skate Here: Exclusion of Skateboarders from Urban Civic Spaces in Three Northern... Skateboarders, who are predominantly young people, inhabit the fabric of urban conurbations in a way that no other group of open space users do. They have been identified as challenging capital norms, cultural forms and having a unique physical relationship with urban form. In city centres they choose to use specific civic spaces which provide opportunities for tricks. In some city centres skateboarders are excluded from using specific civic spaces by a series of social, legal and physical controls. This paper explores these issues in the context of three northern cities in England in order to develop a deeper understanding of the design approaches used to exclude skateboarders. Finally, the paper discusses the relationship between social, legal and physical controls to exclude skateboarders from specific civic spaces in these city centres. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Urban Design Taylor & Francis

Don't Skate Here: Exclusion of Skateboarders from Urban Civic Spaces in Three Northern Cities in England

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Publisher
Taylor & Francis
Copyright
Copyright Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1469-9664
eISSN
1357-4809
DOI
10.1080/13574809.2011.585867
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Abstract

Skateboarders, who are predominantly young people, inhabit the fabric of urban conurbations in a way that no other group of open space users do. They have been identified as challenging capital norms, cultural forms and having a unique physical relationship with urban form. In city centres they choose to use specific civic spaces which provide opportunities for tricks. In some city centres skateboarders are excluded from using specific civic spaces by a series of social, legal and physical controls. This paper explores these issues in the context of three northern cities in England in order to develop a deeper understanding of the design approaches used to exclude skateboarders. Finally, the paper discusses the relationship between social, legal and physical controls to exclude skateboarders from specific civic spaces in these city centres.

Journal

Journal of Urban DesignTaylor & Francis

Published: Nov 1, 2011

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