Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers

Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers
Library Shelf Location 10a.GRAH
Publication Date 2016

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 São 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.

ISBN 9781781687932
Quantity 1
Pages 416p; 16 x 3.8 x 24.1 cm
Author Stephen Graham
Format Hardback
Publisher Verso Books, London and New York
Categories Planning and the Urban Environment, Architecture (category)
Keywords Land use, Space (area), Social sciences, Politics, Environmental politics
Language English

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