Iain Borden: From Skateboards to Automobiles: Producing Social Space at Speed

Keynote address for Producing Publics Symposium

Iain Borden is professor of Architecture and Urban Culture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he is also vice dean for communications for the Faculty of the Built Environment. He was previously director and head of the Bartlett School of Architecture from 2001–09. His wide-ranging research includes explorations of architecture in relation to critical theory, philosophy, film, gender, boundaries, photography, bodies and spatial experiences. Borden has authored and coedited books including Bartlett Designs: Speculating With Architecture (2009), Manual: the Architecture and Office of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris (2003), Skateboarding Space and the City: Architecture and the Body, The Unknown City: Contesting Architecture and Social Space (2001), and InterSections: Architectural Histories and Critical Theories (2000). Borden is currently completing a history of automobile driving, urban experience, and cinema. This will be published in 2012 by Reaktion Books as Drive: Automobile Journeys through Cities, Architecture & Film