The art of parkour: misuse of The Monument

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Misuse of The Monument: The art of parkour and the discursive limits of a disciplinary architecture
By. Matthew D. Lamb
From. Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 1.1

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Parkour is an art form that does not conform to social expectations. In the eyes of a traceur (a parkour practitioner) stairs, walls and rooftops are not physical boundaries but instead they offer options to the individual – options for an alternative way to travel through an urban landscape.

In Lamb’s article, he explores the misuse of public space and asks whether parkour can be a practice of empowerment that challenges spatial expectations of use.

Parkour is ‘almost exclusively an urban practice’ (Mould 2009: 739). It is a seamless, free-flowing and improvised movement that offers a new way to move through an environment. Lamb compares the movement to the flow of water, ‘as water adapts and flows so too does the…

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