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Vertical 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 Sao 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.

10 thoughts on “Vertical

  1. says:

    This fascinating work takes a new look at human topology, with attention to economic and social engineering than to architecture or engineering as such a focus on the impacts and reactions to vertical structures It focuses not just on skyscrapers, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai or the new 1000m tower rising in Medina but on subterranean structures as well, both the tunnel systems honeycombing the depths of major cities and the deep mines that provide the material for cities and skyscrapters Indeed, we find, the deepest mines are far longer than the skyscrapers are high, but requiring much the same engineering elevators, ventilation, pulley cables or ropes as skyscrapers.We also learn of the impacts, social and economic, of these same mines providing a jaw dropping proportion of world resources, while leaving toxic waste and destitute workers mining it We learn of the gentrification of high rise living and the subterranean urban colonies of the poorer classes, of the heat and noise pollution, of the increasing concentration of wealth in new urban high rises We learn of vertical segregation by skywalks and elevated transit, and of the segregation of breathable air.There s also a military aspect to it, not the least because these urb...

  2. says:

    Excellent critique of urbanism that shifts our spatial focus from the horizontal grid of maps to the vertical hierarchy from satellites to the deepest mines It gets a bit repetitive towards the end, but it s an engaging, informative, and appropriately infuriating read.

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  4. says:

    Could ve used better editing A typo on every other page, it seemed Also, adverbs adjectives to cut down on radical ly way overused, in most cases could ve been cut out altogether colonize ation she s sitting on the bench becomes the bench is colonized by her neoliberal ism really, even in context I still don t know what it means other than it s a current bogeyman word and so i just replace it with bad stuff in my head or, i guess it s just a new way to say capitalism i recall some quote by some dude being described in a neoliberal context with a footnote that stated he was part of a neoconservative think tank well, i m not opposed to the word existing but it along with these other words seems to have just been peppered in gratuitously I mean, I like pepperbut even I know when my mashed potatoes have had enough.THAT SAID.I like the concept of exploring the use of space going from Space Subterranean Earth It was illumi...

  5. says:

    A perspective shifting work that opens up many new ways of thinking about the spaces in which we live This book breaks apart the old ways of seeing cities and the world, and talks about how we have to go beyond the simplicity of surfaces into understanding how we view things from above, are affected by the internal volumes of cities, and ultimately how they generate their own archaeosphere By upending the typical axis of perception in urbanism this book helps you reconsider what you thought you knew, and what you didn t know you hadn t known The book is clearly written, having never read a book on urbanism before I never found it tough going, beyond the wealth of details provided The scope is impressive too, covering satellites, drone warfare, skyscapers, displaced earth, slum dwellings, military helicopters, hong kong as a megastructure ...

  6. says:

    A phenomenally wide ranging and intensive exploration of the vertical axis in our contemporary world Graham exposes the complexities and often the hidden violent and exploitative shadows embodied in our skyscrapers, their underworld alter egos deep mines, and all things between Fairly jargon free and accessible to a general reader, each chapter carries numerous insights that do change the way you ll think cities and the human relationship to verticality Be warned though if you re looking to f...

  7. says:

    Graham s a brilliant and insightful mind, and he is always very easy to read But this book seemed a bit slapped together than Cities Under Siege there s a bit less coherency between chapters and it reads a bit like a series of essays in that regard They re very good essays...

  8. says:

    While appearing to be well researched, the author has taken what could have been a fascinating subject and used it as a vehicle for espousing his anti military, anti police, anti corporate, anti wealthy misguided activist opinions.

  9. says:

    interesting insights amidst a sea of sociology speak

  10. says:

    very interesting

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