5 PM Friday, February 10, 2017
Geoff Manaugh launched the site BLDGBLOG (“building blog”) in 2004. He is the author of two books—the New York Times-bestselling A Burglar’s Guide to the City and The BLDGBLOG Book—as well as editor of a third, Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions. A Burglar’s Guide to the City is currently being adapted for television by CBS Studios.
From 2015 to 2017, he is serving as a “Discovery Fellow” at the University of Southern California Libraries in Los Angeles. The fellowship has included two exhibitions, one called L.A.T.B.D.—or “Los Angeles To Be Determined”—designed in collaboration with architects Smout Allen. L.A.T.B.D. combined elements of interactive game design, experimental architecture, and speculative fiction in order to model a series of possible futures for the city of Los Angeles. The second exhibition, on display from October 2016 to February 2017, is “500 Years of Utopia,” an exploration of Thomas More’s canonical urban political fantasy, Utopia, on the 500-year anniversary of the book’s publication.
His writing has been published in The New York Times Magazine (including features about self-driving cars and the LAPD Air Support Division), The New Yorker, Cabinet Magazine, The Atlantic, Popular Science and many others. He frequently lectures on topics related to architecture, technology, and landscape at venues around the world, and was the former director of Studio-X NYC, an urban think tank and event space at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. He has also been senior editor of Dwell and a contributing editor at Wired UK.