This Book Should Have Wheels
Visit some of the world’s most thrilling cities for urban sports
(Photo: Red Bull Content Pool; Photographer Vincent Perraud; Urban Playgrounds; gestalten 2022)
Consider this cool coffee table book part of your Fall reading list. Created in collaboration with Red Bull, Urban Playgrounds from gestalten explores some of the most thrilling cities in the world. But this is no ordinary travel tome.
Each destination is shown through the eyes of adventurous athletes—from Leticia Bufoni and Fabio Wibmer to Danny MacAskill and Dominic Di Tommaso. Tag along as they skate Oscar Niemeyer’s iconic creations in Brasilia and race through the streets of Paris. Follow them as they dash over the rooftops of Istanbul’s infamous Grand Bazaar. All the while, these daredevils share insights on what makes a spot so uniquely enjoyable.
(Photos: Red Bull Content Pool; Photographers, clockwise from top left: Dave Mackison, Tyrone Bradley and Dan Vojtech; Urban Playgrounds; gestalten 2022)
(Photos: Red Bull Content Pool; Photographers: Dave Mackison, Tyrone Bradley and Dan Vojtech; Urban Playgrounds; gestalten 2022)
For them, some of the world’s greatest cities have become oversized playgrounds. Lisbon, Dubai, Tokyo, Johannesburg, Mexico City and New Orleans are just a few of the incredibly diverse locales featured. Be it freestyling on a skateboard, riding a BMX or stretching the human body in parkour, the athletes unlock the endless possibilities of these varied urban landscapes.
And it’s not just from the athlete’s perspective. The handsomely laid-out book is also filled with intel from academics and architects on the marriage between public spaces and recreation. But, it’s the lush imagery and action-packed photography that will no doubt inspire you to get out and explore your own city. You just might want to wear a helmet.
Created in collaboration by gestalten and Benevento Publishing, a brand of Red Bull Media House.