The Interactive Architecture Lab is a multi-disciplinary research group and Masters Programme at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. Interested in the Behaviour and Interaction of Things, Environments and their Inhabitants.
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In the mid-1980's a group of young people discovered Vincent Kling's curving steps and ledges to be perfect for skateboarding. It was the combination of the different levels and curves, continuous granite surfaces, and the large space for sessions that attracted skaters. Gradually LOVE Park's reputation spread around the skateboard community as skateboarders from all over the city and surrounding suburb flocked to LOVE Park. Its close proximity to all major subway and regional rail lines made LOVE so easily accessible to all. It is at the heart of a dense urban metropolis with a stunning view down the Parkway where onlookers would gather yearly by the hundreds to watch Philadelphia's 4th of July fireworks. All of these factors led LOVE Park to become an icon for the city's youth community.