Space appropriation changed my life
The following is an exert from a lecture given by Iain Borden the Vice-Dean for Communications and a professor of architecture and urban culture at University College London.
The Following exert was originally republished by the Independent newspaper under their Independent voices section. In it he discusses skateboarding as one of the many ways of re imagining the spaces around us, those in which we occupy in our everyday lives. Why we use these spaces in the fashions that we do and how we may look to alternative uses of everyday architecture to enrich and inform our experiences and interactions with the cities and urban spaces around us.
I have also included the extended version of a similar lecture that professor Borden gave at the TrAIN Open Lecture Series called “Sensing the Urban in London, Tokyo, and Other Global Cities”, which touches on some very similar themes (professor Borden’s section begins around the 17 minuet mark).
“Let me begin with an urban nightmare masquerading as retail dream. Bluewater is a mega-mall…
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