June 19, 2012 10:51 PM Subscribe
posted by taro sato (93 comments total)
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As you walk through today's urban environment, observe public benches, walls, handrails,
and any constructed inclines
. You may notice various bolted on elements, extraneous steel installations,
etc. One analysis deems this "defensive architecture,"
in a thoughtful piece that touches on thinkers, such as Michel de Certeau, Foucault, and the works of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.
These installations are specifically designed to prevent skateboarders from riding public structures, and are known as skate-stoppers.
A short documentary "Misunderstood"
exploring, in the filmmaker's words, "what it’s like to be a skateboarder for people who aren’t skateboarders."