Sunday, October 13, 2013
Place-Hacking the City from Tunnels to Skyscrapers
By Bradley L Garrett
Published by Verso Books, October 8th, 2013
I have always been intrigued by the activities of those who explore places the general public is barred from accessing; part of me delights in their determination to truly "explore everything" and document it. There are many websites filled with photographs taken by such explorers and these sites ted to be exuberantly enthusiastic about the perils, joys and thrills of urban exploration; I was hoping this book would be in a very similar vein.
It describes some of the explorations the author and his comrades have undertaken in a variety of places, but it is more of an academic raison d'etre of why they do what they do, encompassing ethnology, ethics, philosophy and social anthropology among many other disciplines.
I found it quite heavy going in places, to be honest. It is definitely a book which is better read as a hard copy rather than as an e-book, in my opinion.