Explore Everything: Place-Hacking the City
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It is assumed that every inch of the world has been explored and charted; that there is nowhere new to go. But perhaps it is the everyday places around us—the cities we live in—that need to be rediscovered. What does it feel like to find the city’s edge, to explore its forgotten tunnels and scale unfinished skyscrapers high above the metropolis? Explore Everything reclaims the city, recasting it as a place for endless adventure.
Plotting expeditions from London, Paris, Berlin, Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas and Los Angeles, Bradley L. Garrett has evaded urban security in order to experience the city in ways beyond the boundaries of conventional life. He calls it ‘place hacking’: the recoding of closed, secret, hidden and forgotten urban space to make them realms of opportunity.
Explore Everything is an account of the author’s escapades with the London Consolidation Crew, an urban exploration collective.
The book is also a manifesto, combining philosophy, politics and adventure, on our rights to the city and how to understand the twenty-first century metropolis.
a grandiloquent drunken speech. He told us he was leaving the UK and suggested that we all start exploring together, now that those of us in Team B had taken our first public bruising and begun carving out our own path outside of the restrictions of the forums. What followed was the merging of the two top London crews, rechristened London Consolidation Crew or LCC, an infiltration crew intent on cracking all of London’s infrastructure and sneaking into the city’s most notable construction
need to be scratched yet again. As Lyng rightly points out, risk-taking is necessary for some people’s happiness.37 Many people feel no need to have their life safely guided, to develop their own control over their environment. This inspires edgeworkers to articulate a feeling of ‘oneness’ with the world while undertaking risks, what I refer to as the meld.38 Dan told me the places he felt he had the deepest relationship with were where risks had been taken, social codes broken, and new
that ‘there will always be more to explore; this isn’t about places, it’s about experiences, and those aren’t finite resources’. Soon after, the crew found our way into the Kingsway Telephone Exchange and British Telecom (BT) deep-level tunnels. These tunnels were originally built as air raid shelters under Chancery Lane, then sold to the General Post Office (GPO) in 1949, when they became the termination for the first transatlantic phone cable. The tunnels stretched for miles, only had three
photos in tunnels.’ At the same time, Dan Salisbury was at Adelaide House, an excellent rooftop for photos over the Thames near London Bridge, when he was spotted by a security guard, who rushed and grabbed him as he tried to climb the hoarding to get out of the site. When the police showed up, the guard claimed that Dan had assaulted him. The police then connected him with the CCTV footage in the Kingsway Telephone Exchange, figured out that he was also connected to the four explorers caught
powerful corporations’. Someone had flung open the metal slider on the door. They were staring at me. ‘Give us the PIN to your phone’, the person said. I looked at the man who’d spoken, rubbed my eyes and replied, ‘I’m a researcher. I have confidential information on there. I’m not going to do that until I speak to my lawyers.’ He looked back at me through the slider, and although I could only see his eyes, I could tell he was frustrated. I was sure the tendons in his neck were taut. ‘Suit