Event Date: 18 May 2018
30 Russell Square
Birkbeck, University of London
London WC1B 5DT
The Birkbeck Institute for Social Research presents:
Professor Stephen Graham (Newcastle) – Subterranean urban politics: Insurgency, sanctuary, exploration and tourism
Stephen Graham is Professor of Cities and Society in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape at Newcastle University. He is widely known for his research on ‘military urbanism’, the politics of infrastructure systems, and, most recently, the role of verticality in the socio-economic and political geographies of urban environments. He is the author of a number of seminal books on these topics, including Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism (2010), Splintering Urbanisms (with Simon Marvin, 2001), and Vertical: The City from Satellites to Bunkers (2016).
In this paper, Stephen Graham draws on his deep knowledge of the role of the vertical in urban society to explore the range of meanings and functions that the subterranean realms of the city can perform.
This keynote was arranged as part of a conference hosted by the Birkbeck Institute for Social Research and organised by Birkbeck PhD candidate Sam Mutter on Friday the 18th of May, 2018 entitled ‘Going Underground: Design, Reputation and Disorder in the Subterranean Infrastructure of the Global City’.
Introduction by Sam Mutter (Birkbeck):