The host and producer of the awesome radio show and podcast 99% Invisible knows a thing or two about the things we take for granted or the things we don't even notice. Like the chair we're sitting on ... who decided this was the right height from the floor?! Anyway, Roman Mars loves digging into these things and has a curiosity that's engaging and fun. The book, in all its inquisitive glory, will take on the hidden parts of city design and planning and force you to wonder about the miraculous things that make up the world in which we live.
A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean? Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings? Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships?99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with intriguing tales of both designers and the people impacted by their designs. Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.50(d)|
About the Author
ROMAN MARS is the creator and host of the podcast 99% Invisible, boasting over one million downloads per episode. He also founded Radiotopia, a leading collective of innovative independent podcasts. He lives in Berkeley, California. KURT KOHLSTEDT is the digital director and producer of 99% Invisible. Before joining the show, he founded a series of successful online magazines on cities and design, starting with WebUrbanist in 2007. He holds a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.