Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City

by Bradley Garrett
     
 

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Plotting adventures from London, Paris, Eastern Europe, Detroit, Chicago and Las vegas, uncovering the tunnels below the city as well as scaling the highest skyscrapers, Bradley Garrett has evaded urban security in order to experience the city in new ways beyond the conventional boundaries of everyday life. Explore Everything is both an account of his escapades…  See more details below

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Plotting adventures from London, Paris, Eastern Europe, Detroit, Chicago and Las vegas, uncovering the tunnels below the city as well as scaling the highest skyscrapers, Bradley Garrett has evaded urban security in order to experience the city in new ways beyond the conventional boundaries of everyday life. Explore Everything is both an account of his escapades with the London Consolidation Crew as well as an urbanist manifesto on rights to the city and new ways of belonging in and understanding the metropolis. It is a passionate declaration to "explore everything," combining philosophy, politics and adventure.

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A GUARDIAN BOOK OF THE YEAR

“Urban exploration is... a way of renegotiating reality, transforming the moment, turning the city into a video game. Except that, in this game, you only have one life.”—Evening Standard

"A unique and electrifying travelogue … Garrett and his fellow travelers are as fit, agile and fearless as ninja."—Booklist, Starred Review

“For Garrett, physical exploration is merely the outward manifestation of a deeper philosophical inquiry. The theoretical DNA of much of his work traces back to the concept of 'psychogeography.'"—GQ

“An absorbing read … Recommended for travel and modern history readers."—Library Journal

Library Journal
10/15/2013
Part adventure story, part ethnographic study, this work is a report on urban exploration: Is it a movement, a hobby, a lifestyle, a culture, a mode of self-expression for thrill-seekers, or a victimless crime? Apparently there are as many answers as there are underground tunnels, tall buildings, abandoned hospitals, or derelict mills to explore. Writer, photographer, and researcher Garrett (Sch. of Geography, Univ. of Oxford) recounts several of his more harrowing exploits with fellow explorers, including climbing Scotland's Firth of Forth bridge, delving into Parisian sewer tunnels, and trespassing in an airplane "boneyard" in the Mojave Desert. He also calls out the need for sensitivity in exploring in decaying but still occupied areas in Detroit or near Chernobyl. VERDICT An absorbing read, although some repetitive sections would have benefited from tighter editing, and image captions would have been welcome. In this book that is more academic in tone than a casual reader might expect, significant research is evident, and it is amusing to read quotes from Jean-Paul Sartre, Sigmund Freud, and Friedrich Nietzsche interspersed with those from urban exploration community members with pseudonyms such as Winch, Guts, and Ninjalicious. Recommended for travel and modern history readers.—Megan H. Fraser, Univ. of California, Los Angeles, Libs.

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ISBN-13:
9781781681879
Publisher:
Verso Books
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
File size:
113 MB
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Meet the Author

Bradley L. Garrett is a writer, photographer, and researcher at the University of Oxford. After studying anthropology at the University of California Riverside and working in Australia, Mexico and Hawaii, Brad became an urban explorer, photographing off-limits urban spaces in the UK, Europe and America. In both the US and Europe, his exploits have already been featured on TV and radio, and in GQ magazine, the Guardian and Telegraph. His latest adventures can be followed on www.bradleygarrett.com.

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