Thursday, June 19, 2003

The use value of space

"Through the production of space ... living labour can produce something that is no longer a thing, nor simply a set of tools, nor simply a commodity. In space needs and desires can reappear as such ... spaces for play, spaces for enjoyment, architectures of wisdom or pleasure. In and by means of space, the work may shine through the product, use value may gain the upper hand over exchange value." - Henri Lefebvre

"There are no more white lines to stay within, sidewalks to conform to or bases to tag. It's all an open highway with hydrants, curbs, bumpers, shopping carts, door handles and pedestrians." - Stacy Peralta

"Any place you have concrete you can excel. You don't need anything else to do it ... and it's infinitely adaptable to circumstances." - Stacy Peralta

"The streets are owned by everyone. Streets give the gift of freedom, so enjoy your possession." - Brad Erlandson

(From Iain Borden, Skateboarding, Space and the City. See also The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space.)

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