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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant hybrid of skateboarding & spatial theory
The author may be one of very few people to be interested in both skateboarding and architectural theory, but that shouldn't deter readers who aren't familiar with both. Borden's book is clearly written and will guide you through with little confusion - or, better yet, go and watch the skaters at the Undercroft on the South Bank, then read this, then you'll really...
Published on 6 Jun. 2008 by Jay O.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Architecture
I thought it will be more about architecture, but this book moustly about skateboarding elements and it history. It could be interesting for skateboarders to know sport history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant hybrid of skateboarding & spatial theory, 6 Jun. 2008
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The author may be one of very few people to be interested in both skateboarding and architectural theory, but that shouldn't deter readers who aren't familiar with both. Borden's book is clearly written and will guide you through with little confusion - or, better yet, go and watch the skaters at the Undercroft on the South Bank, then read this, then you'll really understand the intersection of theory and movement in architecture that Borden seeks to express.

For readers coming from the urban studies direction, 'Skateboarding, Space and the City' has particular appeal for the way it explains the ideas of Henri Lefebvre. No-one actually likes reading Lefebvre, for his writing is tangled and unclear - but Borden makes it relevant and painless. Theoretically he discusses ideas about the production and representation of space, of performance and use as central to urban space rather than fixed structures 'authored' by one designer. 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 from 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, particularly when watched in tandem with skateboarding films such as Dogtown and Z-Boys [2001]

Hugely interesting, theoretically bang on, innovative, and absolutely recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic., 28 Jun. 2001
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This book is essential armoury in any skater's weapons cupboard when moving through a street skate session. It will provide many an argument and counter argument to those who can understand it, and in future years will hopefully be considered a classic, even if no-one can make head nor tail of it. The best bit for me was the picture of the author at Romford. Thanks Iain, security guards will never be the same again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Architecture, 15 Jan. 2014
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I thought it will be more about architecture, but this book moustly about skateboarding elements and it history. It could be interesting for skateboarders to know sport history.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 16 Nov. 2014
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Great book
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great book, 26 Jun. 2010
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great book, a complete story of skateboarding from the beginnig.
But the book miss a point: today street skating is 50% made of freestyle-flatland skateboarding of the '90s (see Rodney Mullen)
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