Place-Hacking: Exploring the Global City

Bradley Garrett

Urban explorer and social geographer Bradley Garrett concludes the first day’s proceedings with a keynote lecture on the concept of ‘place-hacking’. Garrett moves from his historical research into the construction of London’s sewers in the nineteenth century, as well as the kind of progressive discourses of infrastructural development that accompanied them, to his current physical urban exploration of them. In conclusion, he points to a new project which revolves around the reclamation of public space in the increasingly privatised city of London, emphasising the way in which urban exploration can play a role in facilitating this.

 

(From the fourth Planned Violence Workshop, ‘Comparative Infrastructures, South and North’, held in Oxford in September 2015)

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