After a term of teaching a lot of Steve Graham’s work on urban infrastructure, security, air, and, of course, verticality to a big class of v. engaged second year undergrad students – as well as reading many good essays on the topic which have referred to his work extensively – I’m very pleased to be able to respond to Steve’s incredible book Vertical at LSE next month in a sort of launch/discussion to celebrate his achievement.
Here’s the blurb:
Thursday 4 May 2017
Shaw Library, 6th Floor, Old Building
Speakers: Prof Peter Adey (RHUL), Prof Steve Graham (Newcastle University), Dr Andrew Harris (UCL), Prof Fran Tonkiss (LSE).
Chair: Dr Romola Sanyal
‘Vertical’ is 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. To mark the book’s publication, this event brings together leading scholars from urban studies and geography to explore how the vertical dimension relates to cities, politics and power in the contemporary world.