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Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers
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Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers (Paperback)

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Today we live in a world that can no longer be read as a two-dimensional map, but must now be understood as a series of vertical strata that reach from the satellites that encircle our planet to the tunnels deep within the ground. In Vertical, Stephen Graham rewrites the city at every level: how the geography of inequality, politics, and identity is determined in terms of above and below. Starting at the edge of earth's atmosphere and, in a series of riveting studies, descending through each layer, Graham explores the world of drones, the city from the viewpoint of an aerial bomber, the design of sidewalks and the hidden depths of underground bunkers. He asks: why was Dubai built to be seen from Google Earth? How do the super-rich in Sao Paulo live in their penthouses far above the street? Why do London billionaires build vast subterranean basements? And how do the technology of elevators and subversive urban explorers shape life on the surface and subsurface of the earth? Vertical will make you look at the world around you anew: this is a revolution in understanding your place in the world.

Architecture & DesignArchitectureReference & Theory of architectureBusinessEconomicsUrban economicsHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial groupsUrban communitiesScience & MathematicsRegional & area planningUrban & municipal planning Publisher: Verso Books Publication Date: 17/04/2018 ISBN-13: 9781781689974  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Stephen Graham is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit, based in Newcastle University's School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is the author or editor of several books, including Telecommunications and the City and Splintering Urbanism (both with Simon Marvin), Cities, War and Terrorism, Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructures Fail, Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism, and Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers.

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Technology and urban developments are changing the way we are experiencing the world around us fast, with the notion of the vertical becoming increasingly important as planners look to utilise every available space.  What was once the realm of science fiction - drones, societal breakdown associated with high-rise living, multilevel walkways and cities under the earth are increasingly becoming a reality.  After reading the examples cited here you do really end up thinking differently about the world.  Its not all good news but its fascinating.

 

Mo, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 24/07/2018

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