The Secret Life of Cities

For some reason, I’ve always been fascinated by what goes on underneath a city. Whether looking at excavations of ancient sites or simply the workings of transportation, water, or electrical systems, the idea that there is something more under the surface is intriguing. Here is a collection of resources that open up what is going on “down under”.


Beneath the Metropolis: The Secret Lives of Cities – Alex Marshall

The City Beneath Us: Building the New York Subways – New York Transit Museum with Vivian Heller

Lost Civilizations: Rediscovering Ancient Sites Through New Technology – Austen Atkinson

Splendors of the Past: Lost Cities of the Ancient World – National Geographic Society

The Urban Treasure Hunter: A Practical Handbook for Beginners – Michael Chaplan

Underground – David Macaulay

The Works: Anatomy of a City – Kate Ascher


Guerrilla History and Underground Exploration

History Channel – Cities of the Underworld

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