Nick Dunn's new book, 'Dark Matters: A Manifesto for the Nocturnal City', examines the fundamental relationships between being human and urban landscapes at night. The book proposes that our contemporary world of commerce has robbed urban dwellers of something more than sleep. Presenting an original way to think about cities at night, he claims we have also lost the tradition of nightwalking and all the attendant adventures that may be found in the urban night. Rather than something to be feared, the book contends that walking in the nocturnal city is an exaltation of endless discovery and joy in being alive. It is a manifesto for thinking and doing things differently and a chance to escape from the everyday. Research for the book involved no less than 2,000 hours (473 nights) exploring and walking cities at night. Nick, who trained as an architect, researches and explores the future of cities and the implications of technologies upon our lifestyles. The book has been featured by The Guardian, City Metric and White Noise, whilst interviews have been given with BBC Radio Lancashire and The Shrieking Violet.
25th of November 2016