Le Corbusier: The Patron Saint of Skateboarders

A Skateboard in LOVE Park in Philadelphia. Image © Mike Blabac

We here at ArchDaily are big fans of Roman Mars’ radio program , and just had to share the latest show: “In and Out of Love.” In it, Mars explores the changing face of Philadelphia’s JFK Plaza (more commonly known as LOVE Park), why its Modernist characteristics made it perfect for skateboarding (although city officials certainly didn’t feel that way), and why truly is the patron saint of skateboarders (more about the episode at 99% Invisible).

And, if you like this, check out Why Skateboarding Matters to Architecture, and follow the jump for some very cool, very innovative skate-friendly homes, stores, and parks…

Bastard Store, by studiometrico, in Milan

Courtesy of studiometrico

Kap 686 Skate Park, by Metrobox Architekten, in Cologne, Germany

Courtesy of Metrobox Architekten

PAS House, by Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe, in California

PAS House, by Francois Perrin and Gil Lebon Delapointe. Image courtesy of Skateboarder Magazine.

The Ramp House, by Archivirus, in Athens

Courtesy of Archivirus

Skate Park House, by LEVEL Architects, in Tokyo

© Kojima Junji

Skate Villa, by Philipp Schuster, in Salzburg, Austria

Cite: Quirk, Vanessa. "Le Corbusier: The Patron Saint of Skateboarders" 01 Feb 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed 23 May 2015. <http://www.archdaily.com/?p=326561>