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Vertical. The City from Satellites to Bunkers | Stephen Graham | 9781781689974

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Vertical

The City from Satellites to Bunkers

Author:Stephen Graham

Publisher:Verso Books

ISBN: 978-1-7816-8997-4

  • Paperback
  • English
  • 416 Pages
  • Apr 2, 2018

Now in paperback, it will appeal to those interested in both politics and architecture. Making you look closely at the world around you, Stephen Graham tells stories of 'Ice berg' houses in London, how the police use drones and why Brazil's super-rich only use helicopters. A revolutionary reimagining of the cities we live in, the air above us, and what goes on in the earth beneath our feet.

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?

The book 'Vertical' will make you look at the world around you anew: this is a revolution in understanding your place in the world.

Now in paperback, it will appeal to those interested in both politics and architecture. Making you look closely at the world around you, Stephen Graham tells stories of 'Ice berg' houses in London, how the police use drones and why Brazil's super-rich only use helicopters. A revolutionary reimagining of the cities we live in, the air above us, and what goes on in the earth beneath our feet.

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?

The book 'Vertical' will make you look at the world around you anew: this is a revolution in understanding your place in the world.

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