Date/Time: 12/05/2015 from 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm


As urban planning with its rationalised zoning strategies imposes an ever more intimate grid of regulation on even the most pedestrian lines of desire, a counter movement has emerged which sets out to occupy, use and invest with meaning all the sites which have been neglected, fenced off or otherwise declared out of bounds. In this session we will explore the limits and conditions of these new edgy and subterranean geographies and draw out their implications for re-mapping the deep topography of the city.

Laura Oldfield Ford
Suburban Edgelands

Bradley Garrett
Place Hacking

Stephen Walters
London Subterranean

Laura is an artist and author of the acclaimed portrait of East London’s Other Scene: Savage Messiah (2011). Bradley is an urban ethnographer and explorer with a passion for photography of off-limits places, and author of Explore Everything: Place Hacking and the City (2013). Stephen is a cartographic artist whose work is an investigation into obsessive drawing, semiotics and the phenomenon of place. He is the author of Subterranean London (2014).

Venue: Dept. of Geography, Environment and Development Studies, Birkbeck University of London

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