Castro Verde, 2023

The project is built on an existing desire from the younger generation of Castro Verde to create a skate park in a public space. We saw these intentions as potential for a participatory work, which could mobilize locals and promote the street as a testing ground for new and open ideas. 

Inspired by the creativity of skateboarding in reinventing urban landscapes, we aimed at researching for alternative and unformatted ways of performing public space in the city.

Using reclaimed materials from the municipal dumpster and crossing together different referential universes, we were able to respond to the needs of the local skaters as well as test some new ideas. The objects were conceived to allow for them to be dislocated, around the site and potentially to move to other places in the village finding new purposes and contextual meanings.

Unlike the familiar objects in the city scape, the uses of these structures are not clear or coherent.  Their ambiguous nature was intentionally pursued as a way to keep their meaning open to interpretation. Like a child exploring, each person is invited to invent and recreate its own meaning and reason of being.  

João Gonçalo Lopes, Guilherme Rodrigues, Diogo Monteiro

João Gonçalo Lopes, Guilherme Rodrigues, Lara Reis, Ivan Brito, Jesse James

Local Skaters:
Diogo Tomé, Claudio Anastácio, Ivan Silva

Jesse James

Ana Ademar, Filipe Prata, André Alves, Claudia Alegre

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