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The skate-friendly city

In cities like Leeds, Seoul and Malmö, a museum park is a place for unintentional creativity, unsolicited interventions and unorganised sport. Dutch cities could learn a lot from this. In De Architect, Sander Hölsgens describes how skaters are making public spaces more inclusive.

The future belongs to the skate-friendly city. All over the world, municipalities are increasingly integrating urban sports into their urban planning. The converse is also happening. Instead of fighting for space or being contrarian, more and more skaters are coming up with proposals to improve public space. This is actually quite logical: skaters include architects, politicians, teachers and researchers. 

In the article 'Malmö, Leeds and Seoul show the added value of skate spots for the city' (in Dutch on De Architect), cultural anthropologist Sander Hölsgens highlights three cities where this new collaboration has resulted in skate spots that make a positive contribution to public space.

Photo: Dongdaemun Design Plaza in Seoul by Håkon Grimstad via Unsplash.

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