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13 mei 2010 till …

Reclaiming the Street

In the past month students, artists, skateboarders and designers from around the world have submitted more than 80 concepts for the 'Reclaiming the Street' competition. MAMA invited ideas and designs for an object or an adaptation to the urban public realm in order to allow skateboarders and others to playfully make use of public space.

From June 13th up until July 25th all submissions – ranging from scale models to booklets, drawings, works of art and films – are on view at the new cultural hotspot Rot(t)terdam.

A jury of experts on the field of skateboarding, design and architecture nominated 4 submissions to be developed into a design that could be realized. The public decided on the fifth nominee: up until Sunday July 11th you could vote for your favourite idea or design at Rot(t)terdam.

The jury nominated:
Twist and Shout by Romi Khosla Design Studios (Martand Khosla, Romi Khosla, Maulik Bansal, Clarisse Maillot and Naresh Kumar), New Delhi, India • & by Carlos Antonio Ruiz Tapia, San Juan Cuautlancingo, Mexico • Red Height Design by Tefvik Mehmet Aydin and Bahadir Altinkaynak, Ankara, Turkey • The Car Crashset/Fun is Awesome by Marten Koster, Hassel Dekker, Bjorn Eulink and Renee Reijnders, Utrecht, The Netherlands • The public nominated: De Badkuip by NAUTA architecture & research (Maurizio Scarciglia), Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
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Endless City – ‘Reclaiming the Street’
Inzending: ‘Fun is Awesome’
Titel:The Car Crash Set

In the previous century there were only a few places for skaters to perform their tricks. They were seen more or less labelled as vandals, street-kids or a bunch of misfits. However, for those kids this wasn’t the meaning of skating at all. It’s a way of life, a way to express themselves. In order to release there energy, they build their own ramps, obstacles and skate area’s. To obtain a versatility of obstacles and creative applications, a car was frequently donated as an extra object. With a wooden ramp the car becomes skateable for many complicated tricks.
 ?The real “reclaiming the street” started right there. 
The skate-scene is a (sub)culture that is still increasing, but taken without account and therefore banned from public space. There isn’t  much room for skaters and they are still banned from the streetscape. Exactly the same is happening with cars nowadays. These are also banned from the streets. We want to merge those two images into the current streetscape. To combine those two is even better.
Cars have challenging shapes and curves for skaters, but stand more often in the line of run for a trick. With a sunken ramp in front, they become challenging obstacles. They look like melted cars, sunken in the street….
A tilted car can lead to a fair ramp. A pile-up can lead to a curve, with many interesting angles to skate on. A pick up truck leads to an alternative fun-box.    
The total image of a collision is an interesting image to look at and ride on.
For the young and the old.
 Anyway, enjoy!

Fun is awesome are Marten Koster, Hassel Dekker, Bjorn Eulink and Renée Reijnders,