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Getting off the ground: On the politics of urban verticality

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Graham, Dr Lucy Hewitt


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This article contends that critical urban research is characterized by horizontalism. It argues that the swathe of recent urban writings have neglected the vertical qualities of contemporary urbanization. The article's introductory section elaborates this argument in detail. The paper then elucidates three areas where vertically oriented research is emerging. These encompass: the links between Google Earth and urbanism; the connections between social secession and ascension through buildings, walkways and personalized air travel; and the links between verticalized surveillance and urban burrowing.

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Author(s): Graham S, Hewitt L

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Progress in Human Geography

Year: 2013

Volume: 37

Issue: 1

Pages: 72-92

Print publication date: 01/02/2013

ISSN (print): 0309-1325

ISSN (electronic): 1477-0288

Publisher: Sage Publications Ltd.


DOI: 10.1177/0309132512443147


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