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Geoff Manaugh

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Geoff Manaugh is a freelance writer and curator based in New York. His work has appeared in The New York Times, New Scientist, Popular Science, Domus, newyorker.com, and many other publications, including multiple books, exhibition catalogs, and artist monographs. He has lectured on topics related to architecture and landscape at venues around the world, including Harvard University, the Australian National Architecture Conference, and the Bauhaus Universität in Weimar, and he has been a featured guest on BBC Radio 4 and National Public Radio.

Manaugh is the author of BLDGBLOG, a long-running online catalog of spatial ideas and innovations at various scales and in many genres, from archaeology to urban planning, science fiction to geology. The BLDGBLOG Book (2009), based on the blog, was selected by Amazon.com as one of their “Top 100 Books” of 2009.

In 2010, in collaboration with Nicola Twilley, Manaugh curated an exhibition exploring the spatial implications of quarantine for New York’s Storefront for Art and Architecture. In 2012, he curated a 2,000-square foot exhibition called Landscape Futures, exploring the intersection of digital technology and landscape design, for the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno.

Manaugh’s work with British architects Smout Allen was featured in the UK pavilion of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture. Called the “British Exploratory Landscape Archive,” or B.E.L.A., that project was subsequently exhibited at both the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architectural Association in London. Manaugh is former director of Studio-X NYC at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, and his newest book, investigating the relationship between burglary and architecture, is forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in April 2016.

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The flash of an atom bomb blast in Nevada illuminated the night sky over Los Angeles in 1955.
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