Using public space free from the conventional framework of compliant consumption, skaters have always endured a contested relationship with the city, often driven from public spaces either by law or through the exclusionary design of rails, benches and kerbs. 
In 2013, one of the most successful skating spots in the UK, the Southbank Undercroft in London also came under threat as part plans to build commercial restaurants and retail developments in their place. A grassroots campaign bringing together skaters, public space activists and architects among many others, successfully defeated the proposals and saved the undercroft. At the Oslo Triennale, Chris Allen of FCBStudios, who recently completed a restoration of the undercroft, and Stuart Maclure of Long Live Southbank join forces to celebrate skateboarding as an anti-consumerist form of culture with lessons to teach wider society. The survival of the Southbank’s Undercroft skate spot is a success story for urban design not slave to the growth imperative. Long Live Southbank!

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