Skateboarding and the City

9 February 2015, 17:30 - 19:30

Room SG1, Alison Richard Building (NB different day and time)

Skateboarding and the City: From Margin to Centre

Iain Borden (University College London)

In this talk, I trace the way in which the urban practice skateboarding has moved from a predominantly marginal position in the city – marginal in geographic, cultural and economic terms – to play an increasingly central and/or integrated role in urban cultures and developments. Practised by tens of millions worldwide, skateboarding today makes an important contribution to our current architecture, creative industries, commerce, entrepreneurship and social capital. The talk ranges from California in the 1960s and 1970s to London, Kabul and Indiana in the present day, and from concerns with methodological concerns with history and critical theory to representations in film, music and art.


Joint event with City Seminar


Open to all. No registration required

Part of the Civic Matter: Infrastructure as Politic seminar series