Toronto Underground: Drains and Sewers


There’s a pretty fantastic interview Michael Cook over on BLDG BLOG, who if don’t know is one of the more prolific urban sewer explorers out there. I’m totally a big city geek so I’ve spent way too many hours looking at his photos of drainage and spillover pipes from cities all over, but being that he’s from Toronto he’s got some really amazing images of what’s going on under the city. The interview is pretty fantastic and discusses the kind of people who are out documenting this stuff, what they are looking for, and why they are doing it. One part I found especially interesting was the connection to skaters. From the interview, Michael says:

“Some of the largest pipe in the world is used as spillways for hydroelectric projects – big dams and that sort of thing – and usually the first people who find out about this stuff are skateboarders. Usually they try to keep the locations pretty quiet – just as we do. But I’m sure that, at least once or twice, some tunnel explorer has found out about a system through the skateboarding community.”

Anyway, it’s an endlessly fascinating interview filled with some amazing photos. Thanks to Cory for the tip.

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