Riding the concrete
Long Live SouthbankDesigned by Andy McGarity and Mark Davis
Heni Publishing, £29.99
Arriving like a solid slab of Brutalism, Long Live Southbank is a celebration of 40 years of skateboarding in the undercroft of London’s Southbank. The book was created by the organisation of that name (LLSB), which in 2013 started a successful community action to save the recreation area beneath the Queen Elizabeth Hall from unsympathetic commercial redevelopment plans by its owners, the Southbank Centre.
Cover of Long Live Southbank designed by Andy McGarity and Mark Davis.
Top: Photograph by Sami Davies, 1987, of a skateboarder in the space under the Queen Elizabeth Hall of London’s Southbank Centre.
Jez Owen, designer, writer, Munich
Read the full version in Eye no. 92 vol. 23, 2016
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