The panel discussion and walk will take place at the UCL East Marshgate site within Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which is scheduled to act as the host site for the permanent ‘skate dots’ that will form the final phase of the City Mill Skate project.
Alongside exploring the history of the City Mill Skate project to date, the panel will also discuss how this project can be used to create more inclusive skateable places in the future.
Dr Esther Sayers, City Mill Skate
Sam Griffin, City Mill Skate
Simon Cane, Director of Cultural Engagement UCL
Daryl Nobbs, Director, Betongpark
Marie Mayassi, Melanin Skate Gals and Pals
The discussion will cover the logistical challenges faced by the City Mill Skate team in delivering a program of community engagement and participatory design during the COVID-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. Speakers will trace the City Mill Skate journey in building a proposal that will ultimately culminate in the creation of a new form of skateable space. A space that balances concerns around: the need for safe public spaces for a diverse set of user groups via skateable architecture, ensuring biodiversity, and also responding to the unique set of environmental concerns that govern Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park itself.
Meeting at the base of the ArcelorMittal Orbit at 2.15pm