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*Starred Review* “Dr. Garrett?” asked the British police officer who boarded the plane as soon as it landed at Heathrow. The American-expat Oxford researcher was about to be arrested for his trespassing exploits. He meant no harm. Quite the opposite. Garrett and his fellow urban explorers celebrate forgotten places and protest limits on access. In this unique and electrifying travelogue, Garrett, a scholar with a background in anthropology and archeology, thoughtfully explicates their dangerous, exhilarating, and illegal explorations. We picture hackers as loners slouched anemically in the sickly light of a computer screen, but Garrett and his fellow travelers are as fit, agile, and fearless as ninja. Sharing an ethos with street artists, their mission is to “exploit fractures in the architecture of the city in an effort to find deeper meaning in the spaces we pass through every day.” Garrett recounts death-defying adventures in the UK, Europe, and the U.S. and shares his astonishingly dramatic photographs. Not only do place-hackers explore and document such urban ruins as abandoned factories, hospitals, and power stations; they also breach security systems to stand on the roofs of skyscrapers and tramp through sewer and subway systems. Each journey involves deep research, high risk, and profound intent. And wherever they go, they leave a sticker that reads, “Explore everything.” --Donna Seaman

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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
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Verso (October 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781681295
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781681299
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.2 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,039,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Urban exploration is a fascinating topic. Who hasn’t wanted to check out the underground tunnels that run beneath their city; the old abandoned factories or schools or hospitals; the construction sites; the junk yards … I mean, there’s got to be more than a little 14-year-old boy in all of us, right?

Unfortunately, there’s not a lot of urban exploration in this book. Yes, there are some great pictures and the hints of some great stories. But it seems to be only a small part of what’s there.

So, what do we get instead? How about lots of lots of rather pretentious academese. Now, don’t forget to add in a healthy dose of self-regarding hipsterism too. Finally, let’s top it all off with some faux-daring rebellion. And that’s your book.

Don’t believe me? Here, try this paragraph on for size:

“By sneaking into places they’re not supposed to be, photographing them and sharing those exploits with the world, explorers are recoding people’s normalized relationship to city space. It is both a celebration and a protest. It is a melding, a fusing of the individual and the city, of what is allowed and what is possible. Urban explorers make it clear that the city is not as secure as some may suggest and that, more importantly, by undertaking risks to probe those boundaries, one can create opportunities for creativity, discovery, and friendship, and even uncover the places and histories that those in power would prefer remained hidden.”

Honestly, couldn’t we all just trespass and enjoy these places without all this preening and pretention? You gotta admit it, they are kinda cool.
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Format: Hardcover
Does everyone have a longing to go past those "restricted entry" signs, "authorized access only" barriers, the "no trespassing"signs? Maybe not everyone, but it seems like there is a basic human desire to cross boundaries, to explore unknown and forbidden places, and to find untouched locations. However, most of us, either out of respect for private property and the rule of law, or out of timidity and caution, stay safely within prescribed boundaries.

Bradley Garrett, a researcher at the Oxford University School of Geography and the Environment, spent several years hanging out with urban explorers, guys (mostly guys; there are a few female urban explorers), sneaking into closed down buildings, sewers, abandoned Tube stations, construction sites, skyscrapers, and other closed off and forbidden locations. He tells the stories of their adventures, discoveries, and misadventures in Explore Everything: Place-Hakcing the City.

For Garrett and his UE buddies, urban exploration, or place-hacking, is not a juvenile thrill-seeking, but "taking back rights to the city from which we have been wrongfully restricted," protesting the "increased securitisation"of public places, about "going places you're not supposed to go, seeing places you're not supposed to see." They see urban exploration as a "more tantalising option"than "the mall and the television screen," and a way to find alternatives to "state-mediated historical interpretation."

One the one hand, Garrett's tales of UE make me curious, not just about the places he visits, but about my own city as well. What might I discover underground, or in some abandoned buildings, or in a construction site? How difficult would it be to on top of Fort Worth's tallest buildings?
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Format: Hardcover
Fascinating! I had no idea that such a pursuit existed. The book kept me on the edge of my seat, reading of all the explorers' (often dangerous) adventures. The author is to be commended for his bravery, accomplishments (even though most were illegal) and great photography. I have only two negative comments about the book.

Number one, this is the first book I've ever read in which the paper the book was printed on was so thick that it was a constant struggle to hold the book open! No fault of the author of course, but I feel it was definitely a shortcoming of the publisher.

Second, much of the book was filled with philosophical comments on the subject of urban exploration. Nothing wrong with that of course, except for the fact that I had difficulty understanding many of those comments. For example, here's one: ‟Despite its weavings into the mythologies of the sublime, urban exploration is not an escape from or a transcendence of the physical, but a challenge to the very boundaries of deeply embodied substance dualisms.‟ Huh?? Other than (far too many) things like that, a worthwhile read.
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Format: Hardcover
For most of us who would never do anything so foolhardy, Bradley L. Garrett takes us along. You will see the Gherkin from a unique angle, explore the catacombs, and climb through sewers. Garrett is philosophical about what drives Urban Explorers, the lure of the "trophy shot," and the exhilaration of NOT getting caught...

This book reminds me of "Unseen Versailles"--a book out of print but one that captured Versailles before the palace was restored to within an inch of its life. I think that humans are hard wired to love ruins, and in this case, Garrett explores many modern ruins, besides climbing cranes that overlook modern cities. I do wish that Garret and his crew covered more historical, old buildings, but can assume that surveillance cameras prevent this.

In this high risk dream world explored by "arrested" adolescents, I hope for nothing but future safety for all the characters ...may they survive their adventures, and then really do something RISKY: raise a family, pay taxes, put up with a bad boss and annoying in laws, car payments and paying for braces

but wait...that would be WAY too dangerous for most urban explorers...in comparison, dangling cranes and slippery bridges are a walk in the park.
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