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Must-have books
< on 3/25/2009 11:34 PM >
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I am wondering, what are the must-have books for the modern day Urbexer?

When still a little boy with dreams to cherish and hopes yet to be crushed, I bought myself a copy of 'Access All Areas' last year and understood that there was a whole community of idiots just like me... Well, actually, I knew that already, but it was news to me that there was a community of idiots just like me on THIS subject as well! Anyway, I am digressing, due to the book and the Infiltration website I ended up here. And now I am looking for more to read in paper version.

Soo... surprise me beyond letmegooglethatforyou.com! What is a nice read, and why? I am not so much looking for a manual or a map-and-guide, I want a broad perspective and unsuspected interests! Bedazzle me with romantic comedies about lock picking, human interest stories about trespassing highrises, I don't know!



I know, there is probably already a 1998, a 2001, two 2002, a 2004, etc. thread about this topic, but a quick search did not find it so let's start it all over again, 2009-style

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 1 on 3/26/2009 12:10 AM >
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"Watership Down" ....learn the way of the rabbit

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 2 on 3/26/2009 12:25 AM >
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leave the gun. take the cannoli.

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 3 on 3/26/2009 1:58 AM >
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Posted by don_corleyone



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That is funny.
I poop, too
So why does everyone tell me I am full of shit?

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 4 on 3/26/2009 3:15 AM >
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Posted by UniqueStyle


That is funny.
I poop, too
So why does everyone tell me I am full of shit?





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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 5 on 3/26/2009 3:35 AM >
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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 6 on 3/26/2009 3:55 AM >
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Once you've finished learning about poo, you could try some books on infrastructure, of which there are many:




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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 7 on 3/26/2009 3:58 AM >
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Posted by Calhovin
...human interest stories about trespassing highrises.....


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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 8 on 3/26/2009 4:07 AM >
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If it's architecture then Stewart Brand's, How Buildings Learn, is probably the closest thing to a bible type book out there. He's not talking about some boring theory about how to do things, he is simply saying listen to the structures.
This is of course more for the explorer who is interested in preserving buildings or finding new uses. And there is a series on YouTube.

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 9 on 3/26/2009 9:08 AM >
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I could tell you but then I'd have to type over my entire bookcase.
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  • Top row and half of second row: not really urban, just a little 15000-ish page on WWII (14 parts, but one part consists of 5 books (13a-I, 13a-II, 13b-I, 13b-II, 13c), in total it's 29 books. I'm in the 9th book now)
  • 3rd row: cd's - I don't have any "Urban" music
  • 4rth row: my hardcore urbex books: a lot on unused belgian infrastructure, and Charleroi tramway, about infrastructure in America, Julia Solis, etc - but also the train time tables for this year and for 1983.

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  • Top row: maps
  • Vagely related to urbex - like David McCaulay's "How Stuff Works", America on the Move, etc
  • A good history book on Europe (Geert Mak) and a subway map atlas
  • Train books and atlases


Then I also have some books sprewn across my house and 4 urbex DVD's.

However, my absolute urbex bible will stay Douglas de Coninck (1993), Blijvende blunders (de grote nutteloze werken), Leuven: Kritak

Calhovin - you are Dutch, so you can read this source list - which is terribly outdated

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 10 on 3/26/2009 2:34 PM >
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On a related note, I have found that Google Books is an excellent tool for researching specific locations. Many old books have expired copyrights and therefore Google is able to offer full PDF downloads. Newer books offer snippet or preview only, but often the snippet is enough to provide the desired information.

I was able to identify the location of a forgotten brewery through a posted 19th century city directory, as well as needed details of an entombed creek. It is best for specific research (e.g. you know the right keywords) instead of general discovery of locations.

This may not be a direct answer to your question but try it out.

http://books.google.com/






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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 11 on 3/26/2009 3:08 PM >
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Posted by pinchy
On a related note, I have found that Google Books is an excellent tool for researching specific locations. Many old books have expired copyrights and therefore Google is able to offer full PDF downloads. Newer books offer snippet or preview only, but often the snippet is enough to provide the desired information.

I was able to identify the location of a forgotten brewery through a posted 19th century city directory, as well as needed details of an entombed creek. It is best for specific research (e.g. you know the right keywords) instead of general discovery of locations.

This may not be a direct answer to your question but try it out.

http://books.google.com/







That's a good idea! I find that (execution)auction websites offer excellent general location finding opportunities - though I've never acted upon one I've found myself.

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 12 on 3/26/2009 3:13 PM >
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I've found http://www.archive.org/details/texts to be an even better resource than Google Books. It's been invaluable for a lot of the things I'm interested in.

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 13 on 3/26/2009 4:04 PM >
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I was recently introduced to a fellow named Camilo Jose Vergara. He is a photo essayist who documents the decay of old historic building by returning years after year to the exact same spot. I highly recommend these books, though they are a bit pricey, the photos inside are worth every Penney, the commentary is a added bonus.

http://www.amazon...._dp_pt#reader-link



http://www.amazon....gara/dp/1580930565


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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 14 on 3/26/2009 9:38 PM >
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Vergara's work is always stunning. To 'American Ruins', I would add:

- 'Dead Tech' http://www.amazon....rrow/dp/094051222X

- pretty much anything by Robert Polidori ('zones of exclusion' and 'Havana' being my favorites)

- 'Ghostly Ruins' http://www.amazon....ture/dp/1568986157

- 'Richard Nickel's Chicago' http://search.barn...an/e/9780978545024

The last one Yokes lent to me, and it blew me away - especially the way in which Nickel met his end-

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 15 on 3/26/2009 10:37 PM >
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Thanks for the replies so far, got some good tips. It is a good thing that I read these just now, I had a little trip to Antwerp today to visit some old bookstores, and these tips would probably have tipped over my budget

Oh, and I am slightly more on the infiltration side of the urbex spectrum than most people here, I would reckon, but I am proud to say that the task (well, next to finding some specific books) I set myself for today (to end the day in a nice hotel pool or spa to get away from the miserable weather) succeeded quite nicely



So nice to be in a nice warm jacuzzi after a hot sauna, knowing that you are not supposed to be there in the first place

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 16 on 3/26/2009 11:20 PM >
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anyone hear of good social engineering books out there ?

the spa looks good...i guess in a hotel the service staff really have no idea who should and shouldnt be there...

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 17 on 3/27/2009 2:21 AM >
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The Art of Deception by Nicholas Capaldi:

http://www.amazon....=1238120218&sr=8-2

The Ninja Handbook by Ask a Ninja

http://www.amazon....=1238120406&sr=1-1

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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 18 on 3/27/2009 3:06 AM >
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Idk I read ebooks and old school text files. I usually download books offline. I hate reading a physical book.

Here this is free and I guess kind of exploring related:
http://ebookhood.c...e-shadow-final.pdf
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Re: Must-have books
<Reply # 19 on 3/27/2009 4:05 AM >
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Oh my god, I LOVE the act of reading an actual book! I love the smell of old books. I love the look of bookcases filled to overflowing; I love libraries; I love collecting books. Today I bought five books (although one was a biography of Gaudi for Jono).

Some of the better books have already been mentioned, but I'm going to add a couple. I'm interested mostly in history and especially maps, so that's what I have to recommend.

'American Cities' is filled with stunning aerial view drawings and historic maps of many of the oldest major American cities.

http://www.assouli...duct=186&id_mere=1

'You Are Here' is a book about maps and maps by artists. I love all the different interpretations of maps.

http://www.amazon....tion/dp/1568984308

'The Little House' by Virginia Lee Burton is one of my favourite children's books. It's about a beautiful little house that is happy living in the country, and then the city encroaches on her, and eventually she is abandoned and left to rot until one day a descendant of the original owners recognizes her and has her moved back to the country, and she is restored and is happy again. The drawings of the city are just incredible.

http://en.wikipedi...i/The_Little_House

I could go on and on about books, but I'll just show you how much I FUCKING LOVE BOOKS:











The last two pictures are of my kitchen cupboards. That's right, no dishes or food; I live off of books!



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