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Geoff Manaugh is a freelance writer, curator, and architecture blogger based in Brooklyn, New York.

He is the author of BLDGBLOG (, an online catalog of spatial ideas at various scales and genres, from archaeology to urban planning, science fiction to geology. The BLDGBLOG Book (2009), based on the blog, was selected by as one of their "Top 100 Books" of 2009.

Manaugh is also a curator, having organized, with Nicola Twilley, an exhibition exploring the spatial implications of quarantine for New York's Storefront for Art and Architecture; and he was the solo curator behind a 2,000-square foot exhibition called Landscape Futures at the Nevada Museum of Art.

From 2012-2013, Manaugh traveled around the United States with Nicola Twilley as part of an experimental media project known as "Venue," visiting sites and people whose histories or work in some way illuminate the complex relationships between humans and the landscapes around them. These sites included landfills and neutrino detectors, the military headquarters of GPS and the Georgia factory where Astroturf is woven on huge looms.

He is currently exploring the relationship between burglary and architecture for a new book forthcoming from Farrar, Straus and Giroux (2015). The research for that book has brought him into the skies above Los Angeles, flying with the L.A.P.D. Air Support Division, and into the world of recreational lock picking known as "locksport."