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Empty space and skateboarding: A study into street activity beyond business hours
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Human Geography.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper studies how skateboarding affects public space in the context of Stockholm. Previous research about activity and public space has emphasised the importance of a diverse range of commercial practices in an area, that can attract people at different times of the day. This study offers an alternative perspective as it investigates how skateboarding, as a non-commercial practice, affects the user patterns of public spaces in Stockholm. It is a mixed method study, with observations on two selected sites in central Stockholm, complemented by interviews with local skateboarders and a representative from a company that manages one of the selected sites. The user patterns that are outlined in this paper, show that skateboarding has the ability to generate activity at times when business hours of commercial practices limit their abilities to attract people to a given area.

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Public space; skateboarding; activity
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Law and Society
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117867OAI: diva2:817250
Available from: 2015-06-16 Created: 2015-06-04 Last updated: 2015-06-16Bibliographically approved

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