Skateparks as Hybrid Elements of the City

Brian GLENNEY, Paul James O'CONNOR

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This research argues that the spaces of skateboarding are hybrid. This is evidenced by not only the construction of numerous skateparks throughout the world, and their incorporation of design elements from the city, but the exclusion of skateboarders from urban spaces through hostile architecture. More specficially, skateparks, which are unique among sport facilities, are shown to be evolving hybrid places in a continuing dialogue with the city under which they are geographically and politically contained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)840-855
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Urban Design
Issue number6
Early online date5 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019

Bibliographical note

Brian Glenney’s research was supported by an Institutional Development Award (IDeA) from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health [P20GM103449].


  • Skateboarding
  • Hybridity
  • CITIES & towns
  • Sports
  • Urban studies
  • lifestyle sports
  • sociology


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