If you don’t change direction, you may end up where you’re heading. -Lao Tzu

Seppuku

What you are reading is, believe it or not, the 100th post on Place Hacking! I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported this blog and my research – it has been a wonderful (and traumatic) couple of years. To date, I have had half a million unique visits since November 2008 which, needless to say, is pretty shocking for a PhD research project blog. In all honesty, the attention hasn’t been completely positive, for myself or for my project participants, but we played the hand we were dealt to the best of our ability. If I could do it again, I probably would have played it differently. But hey, life is about learning from mistakes as much as your victories and we’ve had our share of both. It has been an honour and a privilege to tell the tale of the rise and fall of the London Consolidation Crew, and I look forward to seeing where new generations of urban explorers take us.

A lot of people have asked me, since graduation in February, whether I’m still exploring. The answer to that will be obvious to anyone who has read Place Hacking over the years – exploration is not something you do, it’s who you are. I chose to do my research on urban exploration because I was already an explorer, not because it was something I wanted to write about. So no, I will never stop exploring. The photo above is a case in point  – I took that four hours after a job interview at the University of Edinburgh, climbing the Forth Rail Bridge solo until 4am and then camping out on a park bench, freezing, waiting for the first train to take me back to London. All expenses paid. Boss.

Neverending celebration

I ended up taking a job last month in the School of Geography and the Environment at the University of Oxford and am now working on developing a new project on astral geographies that I hope many of you will continue to follow. I have debated whether to keep updating this site and decided, in the end, that Place Hacking deserves a noble death – a sword through the heart at it’s peak of glory. So this is it everyone, me signing off. Place Hacking will remain forever archived but there will not be any more posts. I will however continue to post at my new website, including any worthy urban exploration missions, so if you’re still interested, keep tabs on me there.

If you’ve still got the craving, Matthew Power has written an article about us for GQ Magazine that will drop in February. It will be a shocker so keep an eye out for that. I have also recently written for Domus Magazine, Photoworks Magazine, UE Magazine and The State and will continue to put things out in worthy places, including my book from Verso which will drop in the fall of 2013. And so with that, I bid you all adieu. I hope to see you out there in the wilds someday. Until then…

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9 Responses to “Convergence, Transmission & Storage”

  1. submarine Says:

    thanks for a wonderful blog. I will miss your updates.. but also this blog would be more special. <3
    gracias!

  2. The end of place hacking | Bradley L Garrett Says:

    [...] all good things must come to an end. After 100 posts and 500,000 unique visits since November 2008, it’s time for Place Hacking to retire. It’s been a pleasure everyone and hope many of you have followed me [...]

  3. COlga1 Says:

    I will follow your new website.
    Thanks for the amazing pictures an experiences.
    Cheers form Uruguay.

  4. dicky21 Says:

    Thanks for the memories ;)

  5. Lexi Revellian Says:

    This is sad. I only found this site recently. Good luck with your future ventures :o )

  6. Marcia Kulpa Says:

    Classy closing. Shows real heart heart felt feelings. Looking forward to the next venture

  7. mhe Says:

    Due to all the idiots out there, finding urbex cool but only want to show off with that, going out without cautiousness, not caring about others who want to visit places off beaten tourist tracks, in my opinion it's the right point of time to not continue publications in a weblog.
    I Hope to see you again one day. I like both, your work and your person. It's not kind of an idol thing, but it is still that your blog has given me inspiration and orientation over the past few years. I wish you luck with your current and future work and don't stop exploring – explore everything!

  8. @matias Says:

    Thanks. Can't say anything more fitting than that.

  9. Solicitor Edinburgh Says:

    It is crazy. I am very positively surprised. Who would have climbed up on Edinburgh's Forth Bridge to kill the time while waiting for the train? Impressive! Such a nice snap as well.

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