Villa Noailles culture centre on the Hyères islands in Southern France, presents Landskating, an architecture exhibition that shines a light on skateparks architecture from around the world… From Paris to Tokyo but also Helsinki, Barcelona and San Juan, Portorico.
Skaters re-appropriate and re-define urban spaces. “Ramps and handrails, benches, pipelines and stairs become promises of sporting performances” said LANDSKATING curators.“By observing towns differently, and their spaces as genuine playgrounds, skaters shows a different means of using city centres… and challenge their shape with adrenaline and sporting techniques”.
On show at the LANDSKATING exhibition the skatepark designed by Japanese studio Atelier Bow-Wow. The project is part of a the renovation of a 50 years old park situated on the roof of a parking structure in Shibuya, one of the busiest commercial areas in Tokyo.
Janne Saario is a Finnish architect and pro-skater specialised in landscape architecture. On show at Villa Noailles the project for the city of Espoo in Finland.
”For me, skateboarding works as a good counterbalance for design work, and it used to work the other way around too; if my tricks weren’t hitting it, I knew that I can always go back to my drawing board” says Saario who was also protagonist of a short documentary of his two passions [“This is My Office “VIDEO].
Scob studio presents LANDSKATING a documentary set in Barcelona that shows the requalitification of skating area by the beach, a forgotten garden buried under bridges and the reconstruction of a skate park in a working-class neighborhood. A parallel narration of the building process of three new public spaces in Barcelona explains how certain marginal areas of the city have been naturally integrated in the urban network, taking into account the landscape, its memories, its people, its everyday life
Agence Studio 1984 designed a skate park for a small city on France Western coast. Bent concrete slabs in a classic French style garden respect the local structure of the park allowing public of different ages to interact more.
Belgian firm Escaut added a skate park to North-South Railway junction, one of Brussels’ longstanding urbanistic traumatisms of the past two centuries. Architect Vito Acconci proposed “A skate park that glides the land and drops into the sea” in San Juan, Portorico. Agence Constructo, with skater and artist Raphaël Zarka designed a mini-skate park in the earth of Paris by the Stock Exchange (Arr. 2°).