urban exploration

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urban exploration (uncountable)

  1. The exploration of man-made, particularly urban, environments; such exploration in places which are not normally accessible or to which access is prohibited.
    • 2006, Geek Monthly, Issues 1-4, page 1980,
      While there are people living beneath Manhattan — most of them addicts or mentally ill — many of Toth's claims of thousands of people living in quasi-tribes have been cast into doubt by the urban exploration community.
    • 2006, Dylan Trigg, The Aesthetics of Decay: Nothingness, Nostalgia, and the Absence of Reason, page 191,
      Urban exploration verges toward transgression without ever shattering it. Yet while urban exploration retains a purely inquisitive outlook, whereby exploration is conceived of in moralistic terms, its gradual reliance on a transgressive outlook is inevitable.
    • 2014, Todd Sipes, Urban Exploration Photography, page 22,
      These counterpoints can't really be forced in an urban exploration setting, but keep your eye out for locations that offer them.


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