Architecture is usually thought of as a way of building structures, but there’s another approach to architectural thought that has a very different goal in mind: Breaking into structures in order to steal something from inside. It’s this approach that was taken by Geoff Manaugh of the architecture site BLDGBLOG for his new book A Burglar’s Guide to the City.
Until Bernie Rhodenbarr finally writes his definitive book about the art of crib-cracking, A Burglar’s Guide to the City will have to do, tracing almost 2000 years of various compromises of the integrity of supposedly secure spaces. Aiding him in putting all this info together was a team of architects, law enforcement figures, security experts, and even reformed criminals, so it’s sure to be an informative read even if you don’t have any criminal aspirations.
A Burglar’s Guide to the City doesn’t come out until early next month, but you can place your $10 pre-order at Amazon’s listing for the book right here. Or, you could try to steal a copy, but that might be difficult before you read the book.