Review of Iain Borden, Skateboarding and the City: A Complete History (London and New York, NY: Bloomsbury, 2019)


Alexandros Daniilidis


This is a review of Iain Borden's latest publication on skateboarding and its attributes as a spatial practice.


Author Biography

Alexandros Daniilidis, University of Sussex

MSc Architectural Engineering, MA Urban Design and currently PhD candidate in Cultural Studies


  1. Borden, Iain, Skateboarding, Space and the City: Architecture and the Body (Oxford: Berg, 2001)
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