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Social climber


Bored with all those images of Frank Gehry's new Disney concert hall? It appears in the latest volume from the eclectic Black Dog Publishing, but in an entirely novel guise. The book, called LA Climbs, introduces a new verb, 'buildering', which describes illegal climbing on buildings.

Author Alex Hartley has named and graded the climbs, and provides topographic diagrams and detailed route descriptions alongside photographs. Others whose work has been appraised in this new way include Wright, Schindler, Meier, Koenig, Lautner and Neutra. But if you see yourself as an up-and-coming architect who fancies a new approach to cultural tourism, be aware that the book comes with a warning. 'This is an architectural guidebook to climbs, not an instruction book, ' the publisher writes, explaining how it takes no responsibility for any accident, injury or prosecution. Spoilsport.

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