Vertical: Looking at the City from Above and Below

November 20, 2020
Vertical: Looking at the City from Above and Below

A revolutionary reimagining of the cities we live in,the air above us, and what goes on in the earth beneath ourfeetToday we live in a world that can no longer be read as atwo-dimensional map, but must now be understood as a series ofvertical strata that reach from the satellites that encircle ourplanet to the tunnels deep within the ground. In Vertical,Stephen Graham rewrites the city at every level: how the geographyof inequality, politics, and identity is determined in terms ofabove and below.Starting at the edge of earth's atmosphere and, in a series ofriveting studies, descending through each layer, Graham exploresthe world of drones, the city from the viewpoint of an aerialbomber, the design of sidewalks and the hidden depths ofunderground bunkers. He asks: why was Dubai built to be seen fromGoogle Earth? How do the super-rich in São Paulo live in theirpenthouses far above the street? Why do London billionaires buildvast subterranean basements? And how do the technology of elevatorsand subversive urban explorers shape life on the surface andsubsurface of the earth?Vertical will make you look at the world around youanew: this is a revolution in understanding your place in theworld.From the Hardcover edition.