Common Grounds: Skateboarding, Learning and the Built Environment

Sayers, Esther. 2024. Common Grounds: Skateboarding, Learning and the Built Environment. City Mill Skate and UCL, London. [Other]

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University College London and Goldsmiths are pleased to announce the inaugural edition of Common Grounds: a new symposium dedicated to understanding skateboarding through practice based research.

Common Grounds draws together multi-modal approaches to research across different disciplines, focusing on how skateboarding frames ideas relating to placemaking, community and learning. Alongside examining how participatory design can be used as a vehicle for fostering a legacy of ownership and belonging within skateable spaces.

Programming across the day will consist of a keynote presentation, three panel discussions, a film screening, and a tour of the nearby City Mill Pool Street skateable space. Common Grounds explores how creative and participatory approaches to community engagement can influence the design and use of public spaces, and how skate communities subsequently form around them.

The Common Grounds programme also seeks to generate a particular understanding of the embodied and sensory knowledges that contribute to our understanding of how learning takes place in skateable spaces.

Common Grounds is curated by Dr Esther Sayers with the following invited contributors:

Iain Borden, UCL - author of Skateboarding and the City
Bedir Bekar, UCL - architect and engineer and lecturer
Ben Dixon, Goldsmiths - Postgraduate research, Goldsmiths Listening to skateboarding: a multimodal exploration of an urban development project in East London.
Ben Borthwick - Curator @primedesignplymouth and Head of Programme at Karst
Sheryl Clark, Goldsmiths - author of Skateparks as Communities of Care
Tom Critchley - Goldsmiths - Postgraduate Research
John Dahlquist - Vice Principal of The Bryggeriets Gymnasium School, Malmo
Sam Elstub - Hackney Bumps and Betongpark - landscape architect
Sam Griffin - artist and co-founder City Mill Skate
Sander Holsgens, Leiden University - co-editor of Skate/Worlds: New Pedagogies for Skateboarding (w. Adelina Ong)
Chris Lawton - Skateboard GB
Stuart Maclure - Long Live Southbank and Betongpark
Marie Mayassi - founder Melanin Skate Gals and Pals
Harry Meadley - artist and director of Civic Skateboarding
Paul O'Connor - Exeter University - author of Skateboarding and Religion
Carrie Paechter - Nottingham Trent University - author of What’s it like to be a girl skateboarder? (with Stoodley, Keenan and Lawton)
Lucy Raemers - co-founder of The Ben Raemers Foundation
Esther Sayers - Goldsmiths - co-founder City Mill Skate and author of Skateboarding, Time and Ethics

With remote interventions from:
Sophie Friedel - author of The Art of Living Sideways
Indigo Willing, University of Sydney - author of Skateboarding, Power and Change (with Anthony Pappalardo)

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Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning
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17 May 2024

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17 Jun 2024 10:40

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17 Jun 2024 10:48


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