Reclaiming the Street

Eligible: students, professionals
Register/Submit: 31 May 2010
Registration fee: none 

‘Reclaiming the Street’ is an open-submission competition aimed at established and emerging artists, architects and skateboarders who have or wish to establish a relationship with skateboard culture. We are looking for unpublished and unrealised concepts for the (re)organisation of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders.
Whereas in the past skateboarders were driven away from public spaces and then ‘caged up’ in purpose-built skateparks, we envisage a new phase in which youth culture and skateboard culture will be integrated within the public realm. In addition to our wish to provide a valid place for skateboard culture, we see skateboard culture as an instrument for improving the quality of certain public spaces. 
‘Reclaiming the Street’ takes the idea of skateboard culture as ‘homo ludens’ as its starting point for building bridges between the all those who make use of the public realm.

We want you to send a design sketch for an urban intervention, environment, object or piece of street furniture that can be used by skaters and which will also stimulate use by other members of the community, thus improving the quality of a particular public space. A jury will nominate five of the submitted ideas for further development, from which a winner will be selected. All the submissions will be included in a short-term exhibition and accompanying publication.
MAMA will do its best to implement the winning idea but can give no guarantee that it will be realised.

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