Unruly Places

Unruly Places

Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies

Book - 2014
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"The real-life answers to Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, Unruly Places explores the most extraordinary, off-grid, offbeat places on the planet. Alastair Bonnett's tour of the planet's most unlikely micro-nations, moving villages, secret cities, and no man's lands shows us the modern world from surprising new vantage points, bound to inspire urban explorers, off-the-beaten-trail wanderers, and armchair travelers. He connects what we see on maps to what's happening in the world by looking at the places that are hardest to pin down: inaccessible zones, improvised settlements, multiple cities sharing the same space. Consider Sealand, an abandoned gun platform off the English coast that a British citizen claimed as his own sovereign nation, issuing passports and making his wife a princess. Or Baarle, a patchwork city of Dutch and Flemish enclaves where crossing the street can involve traversing national borders. Or Sandy Island, which appeared on maps well into 2012 despite the fact it never existed. Illustrated with original maps and drawings, Unruly Places gives readers a new way of understanding the places we occupy. "--
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780544101579
Branch Call Number: 910 Bonnett 06/2014
Characteristics: xvi, 270 pages :,illustrations ;,22 cm


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Sep 07, 2017

I loved this book. Very readable, with a great mix of philosophy and description. Just a few times I needed more physical description of the unruly place - the author occasionally assumes details that the reader simply doesn't know.

Jul 06, 2017

A thoughtful book about wide-ranging kinds of places, many which we might not have heard of before. A sense of place is important to our sense of self, and yet, it is disappearing as the world becomes more homogenized and developed.

Subjects include lost spaces, hidden geographies, no man's lands, dead cities, spaces of exception, enclaves and breakaway nations, floating islands, and ephemeral places. This book helps one to re-think their sense of place and what it might mean.

A nice addition is the latitude and longitude of some of the places so you can find them on Google maps.

Oct 07, 2015

A very interesting read about places that seem to fall in between in a variety of ways. Inspiring.

Apr 06, 2015

Not typical by any means, Bonnett has you scratching your head as he takes you to places on the planet that you never thought of as distinct locales.


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