Archinect - News 2017-09-26T06:48:07-04:00 Skaters in London are trying to restore the Southbank Centre, a popular skating site Mackenzie Goldberg 2017-08-08T13:37:00-04:00 >2017-08-10T10:31:04-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>The point is, skaters made that area safe; in the old days it was cardboard city. That is what skating does: it fills the cracks in society left by capitalist development &hellip; that is where skating exists. It&rsquo;s like a fungus, it&rsquo;s like moss, it just grows in the corners where no one else wants to be.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Back in 2004, two-thirds of a popular skateboarding site at the <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Southbank Centre</a> in <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">London</a> was destroyed. In 2014, the final third of the site was on its way to closure when the property management changed hands. Seeing the turnover as an opportunity, a campaign&mdash;<a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Long Live Southbank</a>&mdash;began that proposed the reconstruction of the original site in its entirety. The effort has largely been successful; the Southbank Centre has agreed and the plans have been approved by the city.</p> <p>It may not be so surprising that the Centre might re-welcome skaters as&nbsp;<em>the Guardian&nbsp;</em>explains, "the idea that skateboarders are the &ldquo;shock troops of gentrification&rdquo; has been well documented." Skateboarders are often willing to congregate in areas that others do not want to and in this way, can act as a neighborhood watch that in time, allows others to feel safe in the space as well. Now, the only thing standing in the campaign's way is raising the funds necessary&mdash;around &pound;790,000&mdash;for restoration.</p>... Big Air: Designing the World's Best Skate Parks Archinect 2012-07-03T18:01:00-04:00 >2012-07-05T20:13:46-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>Anyone who has ever walked through an urban center and seen preteens careening off railings and steps can attest to the fact that skateboarding is an occupation marked by creativity. When a city wants to build a park to contain its resident skaters, it turns to California Skateparks, one of the best skate park designers in the world.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html> HAO / Holm Architecture Office with VM Studio Wins Manhattan Skate Park Competition Alexander Walter 2011-12-21T14:12:00-05:00 >2012-11-01T15:25:56-04:00 <img srcset=" 1x, 2x, 3x" src="" border="0" title="" alt="" width="650" height="" /><em><p>International design collective HAO / Holm Architecture Office, in collaboration with New York-based VM Studio, has received first place in a competition for the re-design of the Coleman Oval Skate Park in Manhattan. Nine New York design firms were invited to participate in the competition, which was sponsored by Architecture for Humanity and a Gamechangers grant from Nike [...].</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" ""> <html><head><meta></head></html>