AI-generated skate spots that we’d love to see getting done for real!
Skateboarding is one of the best things that ever happened to human kind, no doubts about it. Extremely difficult, painful, exclusive, demanding, time-consuming and money draining, yet highly rewarding, promoting individualism and independence, street/community/life (you name it) educative, culture-driven and trend setting, the list goes on. Name an industry that has not sourced skateboarding for inspiration. Fashion, music, arts, sports, literature, cinema… Being a global phenomenon, there is barely any place around the world without skateboarding, maybe one with no people either. Still, skaters are very often treated as outcasts, unwanted and harassed; “Go find yourself a skatepark and skate there” – that’s most of the time not the real deal yo. Skateboarding is the streets, not just skateparks. It is stairs, rails, banks, curbs, and what not! It’s the city, the natural forms it consist of that are the most seductive and fun to skate at. Imagine, they could be designed with skate-first imperative, scattered all around the city…Paris. Would that be ok? Hell yeah!
That is exactly what ūti architects, a Paris-based studio, thought about and used Midjourney to showcase. “Hidden skateparks of Paris” – a series of AI-generated spots, perfectly fit into the landscape of the city but with skating purposes. Beautiful form and perfect function, if you ask us.
“UTI Architectes’ use of the artificial intelligence design tool Midjourney to create hidden skateparks in Paris represents a new and innovative approach to urban planning and design. The firm’s focus on seamlessly integrating these structures into the city’s iconic architecture while also tapping into the roots of the city’s skateboarding culture is a unique and refreshing approach to the creation of urban spaces.”
“‘Through a process of back and forth iterations with Midjourney, we obtained a collection of quasi-tangible spaces. Having grown up in Paris with the culture of skateboarding, which is deeply rooted in certain iconic places, it was an opportunity to explore and take a new look at Paris as an architect.’“