A Burglar's Guide To The City

A Burglar's Guide To The City

Paperback | April 19, 2016

byGeoff Manaugh

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Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again.
At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how any building transforms when seen through the eyes of someone hoping to break into it. Studying architecture the way a burglar would, Geoff Manaugh takes readers through walls, down elevator shafts, into panic rooms, up to the buried vaults of banks, and out across the rooftops of an unsuspecting city.
     With the help of FBI Special Agents, reformed bank robbers, private security consultants, the LAPD. Air Support Division, and architects past and present, the book dissects the built environment from both sides of the law. Whether picking padlocks or climbing the walls of high-rise apartments, finding gaps in a museum's surveillance routine or discussing home invasions in ancient Rome, A Burglar's Guide to the City has the tools, the tales, and the x-ray vision you need to see architecture as nothing more than an obstacle that can be outwitted and undercut.
     Full of real-life heists--both spectacular and absurd--A Burglar's Guide to the City ensures that readers will never enter a bank again without imagining how to loot the vault or walk down the street without planning the perfect getaway.

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Encompassing nearly 2,000 years of heists and tunnel jobs, break-ins and escapes, A Burglar's Guide to the City offers an unexpected blueprint to the criminal possibilities in the world all around us. You'll never see the city the same way again. At the core of A Burglar's Guide to the City is an unexpected and thrilling insight: how a...

GEOFF MANAUGH is the author of BLDGBLOG (bldgblog.com), one of the most acclaimed architecture sites on the web. He has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, New Scientist, The Los Angeles Times, and many other publications, including the live-event series Pop-Up Magazine. He has also lectured and taught at design in...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 7.6 × 5.2 × 0.7 inPublished:April 19, 2016Publisher:McClelland & StewartLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0771059132

ISBN - 13:9780771059131

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Praise for A Burglar's Guide to the City:• "This is a marvelous wonder-room of a thing, an intricate, deeply researched, and brilliantly-written mad scientist’s tour of crime and how it’s bound to the world we've built. Revealing, spectacular and riveting." Warren Ellis, New York Times bestselling author of Gun Machine• "Reading Geoff Manaugh is like donning night-vision goggles at the edge of a dark forest – you are suddenly aware of, and alive to, a world that was always there but occluded. A Burglar’s Guide to the City is a crackerjack intellectual caper." Tom Vanderbilt, New York Times bestselling author of You May Also Like and Traffic• "Who knew urban studies could be so riveting? Manaugh excels at finding new, illicit, and fresh angles on a subject as loved as it is overexposed – the city. In his new book, elegant, perverse, sinuous supervillains maneuver and master the city like parkour champions. I see the TV series already." Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator of Architecture & Design, Museum of Modern Art• "This burglar's guide isn't for ordinary smash & grab burglars, it's for the rest of us – who like to steal in, steal out and get away with glorious dreams. A spectacularly fun read." Robert Krulwich, co-host, Radiolab• "Murphy's Law – anything that can happen will happen – is especially true for architecture. Geoff Manaugh's liaisons with burglars and bank robbers reveal the unexplored niches and loopholes of our cities, and through the eyes of urban hackers we find new possibilities for reinterpreting the built environment. A Burglar’s Guide to the City shows that architecture is too important to leave to just the architects." Bjarke Ingels, architect, BIG• "Manaugh turns the building world inside out in this fascinating view of the modern city as seen through the eyes of a potential burglar . . . Readers of this illuminating study will never look at the buildings and cities they live in the same way." Publishers Weekly Praise for Geoff Manaugh's The BLDGBLOG Book: • "Geoff Manaugh has provided the reader with an excursion into a new world-part digital fantasy, part reality at the intersection of art, architecture, landscape design, and pure ideas. Like the blog, the book is personal, idiosyncratic, and, best of all, incredibly interesting." Errol Morris, director of Fast, Cheap & Out of Control and the Academy Award--winning documentary Fog of War