Skateboarding is its own urban experience. As interactive public spaces and tactile surfaces, skate parks have slowly begun to shape the way we think about urban design. Beyond the boundary of parks themselves, skaters look at the architecture of the built environment outside of its intended purpose, and in turn, are rethinking how we gather, move around, and reimagine the future of urban life. As editor Vanessa Quirk explored in her op-ed, since the 1970s, when skaters began appropriating public spaces for their own skating purposes, architects have been complicit with city officials in discouraging skateboarding, from placing uprights on benches to placing skate-stoppers on level surfaces. To design with the skateboarder in mind means "to take no intended use for granted, and at the same time realize, that your design will be used and transformed in ways you never could have imagined." Fast forward nearly a decade later, and many incredible skate parks have been built that are influencing urban design.
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