UCL Urban Laboratory


Vertical: The City from Satellites to Tunnels

28 February 2017, 6:00 pm–7:30 pm

Vertical: The City from Satellites to Tunnels

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Pyramid Room, 4th floor, King's Building, King's College London, Strand, London WC2R 2LS

Urban Salon hosts the book launch of Vertical: The City from Satellites to Tunnels (Verso, 2017), the new publication by Professor Stephen Graham (Newcastle University).

In this event the author will explore the reimagining of the cities we live in, the air above us, and what goes on in the earth beneath our feet. He examines how the geography 
of urban inequality, politics, and identity is determined in terms of above and below starting at the edge of earth's atmosphere and descending through each vertical layer to the design of sidewalks and underground bunkers.

In the book, 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?


No booking neccessary.