National Building Museum

Talk & Book Signing: A Burglar's Guide to the City

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Walk-in space still available.

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Photo: Author Geoff Manaugh speaks with saferoom

designer Karl Alizade. Photo by Nicola Twilley.

Discover the “criminal possibilities” of architecture and the city with Geoff Manaugh, author of A Burglar’s Guide to the City. Manaugh investigates urban planning, security design, and heists over more than two millennia through his new book. Joined by Ross Andersen of The Atlantic, Manaugh and Anderson discuss the book's themes and clips from movies such as Oceans Eleven, The Italian Job, Thief, Rififi, Drive, and The Bank Job, exploring how looters outwit the built environment in real life, and on the big screen. 

“If you look closely, from just the right angle,” Manaugh writes, “every city implies the crimes that will someday take place there.”   

Check out reviews of A Burglar's Guide to the City in The GuardianCityLab,Marketplace, and more!

$12 Members; $12 Students; $20 Non-members. Pre-registration required. Walk-in registration based on availability.

Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is for event planning purposes only and does not guarantee a seat. Online registration for Museum programs closes at midnight the day before the scheduled program.

The Museum's award-winning Shop and Firehook Café are open for one hour prior to the start of the program. Shop and Café hours are subject to change.

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