Conducted by Land-Mark, this survey has been built to analyse the nation’s opinions on defensive architecture, particularly around skate
studs and skateboarding.The areas covered include whether people think that skate studs help deter skateboarders or if they are seen as
a challenge. The survey also looked at whether people think that defensive architecture is a good thing, or an eye sore.
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After conducting this survey, Land-Mark has put together the following key takeaways:
81.3% think defensive architecture is a great way to preserve the condition of buildings
29.6% of people would expect to see more defensive architecture
31.9% of participants do not think that these type of structures ruin the look of architecture
45.9% think that damage caused by sports, such as skateboarding, ruin the look of architecture
80.2% of people think that specific skate parks need to be built for skaters to use
76.7% of people do not think there’s any other way to prevent damage from skating
33.5% think that defensive architecture might increase skating as it’s seen as a challenge
69.6% think the older generation would support deterring skateboarders more than the younger age group
About the Respondents
We surveyed both male and females aged 16 and above.
50.6% of our respondents were male and 49.4% were female.
Our age categories were:
Of those that participated, 4.2% work in architecture or design, 14.7% work in an office or admin role. Other professions included, hospitality, transportation and education.
We question people from around the UK to get a varied response and to see if there is a pattern in responses. The majority of our respondents are from south east England.
With 73.1% live in an urban area, whilst 26.9% live in rural.
Of those that were asked, only 14.7% skateboard
However, 45.2% have noticed a lot of skateboarding in their area.
Interestingly, when it came to respondent’s thoughts on defensive architecture. 81.3% stated that they agreed that it is a great way to preserve the condition of buildings and structures.
Though, of that, only 31.5% have actually noticed these types of defensive architecture. Which would indicate that there is not enough of these protective structures or that they blend in well with the
surroundings and so are not noticeable.
However, 29.6% would expect to see more defensive architecture on buildings.
When asked if the damage caused by activities such as skateboarding ruins the look of architecture, 45.9% agree whereas 26.1% neither agreed or disagreed.
In addition to this, 80.2% think that dedicated skate parks need to be built so those who want to skateboard can do so in specific areas and not damage buildings and structures.
Interestingly, 76.7% of respondents did not feel that there are any other ways to prevent this type of damage with. However, those that did detailed that they think creating specific areas for skateboarding
would deter skaters. Others thought that reducing spaces around architectural designs and edging would mean that skaters couldn’t gain momentum or do many tricks and would in turn leave the space
The findings are interesting because whilst no one stated that they are against skateboarding, they would just prefer more skateboards and dedicated areas for this type of activity.
What do you think? Do you think that there needs to be more defensive architecture and specific skating areas for rollerblading, skateboarding and BMXing?
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