As the urban landscape grows ever more vertical, extending from the satellites that encircle our planet to the tunnels deep within the ground, Stephen Graham argues it is time for a revolutionary re-imagining of our cities. 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. In his new book Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers, Graham argues that it is time for a revolutionary re-imagining of our cities. To celebrate the launch of his new book, Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers, The Skyscraper Museum will host a conversation between Professor Graham and writer and architect Keller Easterling about our vertical cities and the geographies of inequality.
Keller Easterling is an award-winning writer, architect and Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She is the author of Organization Space and Enduring Innocence, which was named Archinect’s Best Book of 2005. Easterling is also the author of two essay-length books: an ebook, The Action Is the Form: Victor Hugo’s TED Talk and a forthcoming book Subtraction. Easterling lectures widely in the US and abroad and contributes to, among others, Domus, Artforum, Grey Room, E-Flux, Cabinet, and Volume.
Stephen Graham is Professor of Cities and Society at the Global Urban Research Unit, based in Newcastle University’s School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape. He is the author or editor of several books, including Telecommunications and the City, and Splintering Urbanism (both with Simon Marvin), Cities, War and Terrorism, Disrupted Cities: When Infrastructures Fail, and Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism.