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Product details

  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Berg Publishers (1 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1859734936
  • ISBN-13: 978-1859734933
  • Product Dimensions: 15.8 x 1.7 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 478,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Those few of us in the academy engaged in writing about the sociospatial relations of skating delight in the polished arguments that Borden presents over nine logically structured, pertinent and stylishly illustrated chapters." --"Cultural Geographies"
"Borden describes the emergence of not so much a sport as a way of life ... Its relation to architecture is kept beautifully clear ... a good read." --"Building Design"
"Skateboarders help us to think about buildings and their use. Borden argues that they draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change." --"The Independent"
"The first academic study of skateboarding." --"Dazed and Confused"
"There's absolutely no way I can do [the] work justice here the book is incredibly thought-provoking, especially from the perspective of actually being a skateboarder. I highly recommend it." --"Sidewalk"
"A fine book that I recommend to any skateboarder who can read at a college level." --"Big Brother"
"Borden owes as much to 30 years' of personal passion and experience as he does to any architectural or social theory." --"The Architect's Journal"
"[The book] delineates an architectural history, as yet largely unwritten, which focuses upon 'processes, possibilities, reproduction, performance and use.' Skateboarding, Space and the City reads the city through body and board - not merely through books. At a moment when architecture history/theory consists primarily of regurgitated texts intelligently referenced, inclusion of 'fieldwork' makes Borden's book an invaluable contribution to the field." --"Archis"
"[This book shows] a clearly detailed knowledge of both his chosen theoretical approach and the magazines of the skating community." --City
464"This is an amazing book and a real surprise A first. Pick it up and you'll learn something interesting about the cities you skate in; you might even learn something about skating itself." --"Slap Skateboard Mag

Those few of us in the academy engaged in writing about the sociospatial relations of skating delight in the polished arguments that Borden presents over nine logically structured, pertinent and stylishly illustrated chapters. "Cultural Geographies"

Borden describes the emergence of not so much a sport as a way of life ... Its relation to architecture is kept beautifully clear ... a good read. "Building Design"

Skateboarders help us to think about buildings and their use. Borden argues that they draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change. "The Independent"

The first academic study of skateboarding. "Dazed and Confused"

There's absolutely no way I can do [the] work justice here the book is incredibly thought-provoking, especially from the perspective of actually being a skateboarder. I highly recommend it. "Sidewalk"

A fine book that I recommend to any skateboarder who can read at a college level. "Big Brother"

Borden owes as much to 30 years' of personal passion and experience as he does to any architectural or social theory. "The Architect's Journal"

[The book] delineates an architectural history, as yet largely unwritten, which focuses upon 'processes, possibilities, reproduction, performance and use.' Skateboarding, Space and the City reads the city through body and board - not merely through books. At a moment when architecture history/theory consists primarily of regurgitated texts intelligently referenced, inclusion of 'fieldwork' makes Borden's book an invaluable contribution to the field. "Archis"

[This book shows] a clearly detailed knowledge of both his chosen theoretical approach and the magazines of the skating community. "City"

This is an amazing book and a real surprise A first. Pick it up and you'll learn something interesting about the cities you skate in; you might even learn something about skating itself. "Slap Skateboard Magazine"

Even if you don't like books, this book is wicked 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. "Love 'N' Skate""

Those few of us in the academy engaged in writing about the sociospatial relations of skating delight in the polished arguments that Borden presents over nine logically structured, pertinent and stylishly illustrated chapters. Cultural Geographies

Borden describes the emergence of not so much a sport as a way of life ... Its relation to architecture is kept beautifully clear ... a good read. Building Design

Skateboarders help us to think about buildings and their use. Borden argues that they draw our attention to the city as the site of perpetual change. The Independent

The first academic study of skateboarding. Dazed and Confused

There's absolutely no way I can do [the] work justice here the book is incredibly thought-provoking, especially from the perspective of actually being a skateboarder. I highly recommend it. Sidewalk

A fine book that I recommend to any skateboarder who can read at a college level. Big Brother

Borden owes as much to 30 years' of personal passion and experience as he does to any architectural or social theory. The Architect's Journal

[The book] delineates an architectural history, as yet largely unwritten, which focuses upon 'processes, possibilities, reproduction, performance and use.' Skateboarding, Space and the City reads the city through body and board - not merely through books. At a moment when architecture history/theory consists primarily of regurgitated texts intelligently referenced, inclusion of 'fieldwork' makes Borden's book an invaluable contribution to the field. Archis

[This book shows] a clearly detailed knowledge of both his chosen theoretical approach and the magazines of the skating community. City

This is an amazing book and a real surprise A first. Pick it up and you'll learn something interesting about the cities you skate in; you might even learn something about skating itself. Slap Skateboard Magazine

Even if you don't like books, this book is wicked 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. Love 'N' Skate

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About the Author

Iain Borden Director of Architectural History and Theory and Reader in Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett,University College London


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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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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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Buy this book, fantastic for any skateboard finatic, informative and really interesting, it's theory so not for your average reader but I would recommend this to anyone, used it for an art project and it beats john baulldriard anyway
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This book is incredible. Deep and thought provoking I places. Inspirational and compelling in others. Books like this mark skateboarding's coming of age as a pursuit and a way of life.
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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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