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If skateboarding ever becomes accepted as an Olympic sport, Russell Potter, a third-year student at the University of Nottingham, is ready with his design for the Yoshiwara Hotel. Designed for London's 2012 Olympic bid, this comprises a floating urban canvas that allows skateboarders to create beauty through a combination of skill, balance, motion, and textures. The manipulation of space is manifested in freedom of movement and constantly deforming landscapes, with technologies and materials embedded in skateboarding blended with the architecture. Potter's tutor was Christopher Hill.

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