‘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 We are looking for unpublished and unrealized concepts for the (re)organization of urban public spaces in order to create a place for multiple user groups including skateboarders.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 skate parks, 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.
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 realized.
Download the procedures and rules for the competition here.
- deadline for submissions: 31 May 2010
- presentation of the designs and jury’s decision: June-July 2010
- final presentation of nominated designs to the professional panel: early August 2010
- presentation of the publication: September 2010
Questions? Send them via email (subject: Reclaiming the Street) to: email@example.com.