Introduction to Skate Dot Kits
In our original planning for City Mill Skate, we had intended to test out design ideas through live workshops and by engaging participants in DIY build events, where ideas for future skate dots could be built and subjected to practical testing.
However, the social distancing restrictions that emerged in March 2020 as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic required us to think differently about our modes of engagement – and to propose alternative ways to interact with the skate community and local public that would avoid face-to-face contact.
After some careful consideration, we decided to create special making kits and send them to workshop participants, so that they could create designs for potential skate dots from the safety of their own home.
Right from the very start of City Mill Skate, we have been really aware of the need to construct our proposal from the ground upward, to empower local users and use their insight as a core part of the project.
Through the conversations that have emerged, we are discovering how this aspect is not just valuable locally, but resonates nationally and internationally. Our work with City Mill Skate to date has been shared via the following skate outlets, for which we are very grateful.
Iain Borden Blogpost
Iain Borden, Professor of Architecture & Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, is one of the world’s leading academics of skateboarding. Click on the link below to read Iain’s thoughts on the successful start of the City Mill Skate initiative around the development of the UCL East campus.