99 % Invisible City : A Field Guide To The Hidden World Of Everyday Design by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt
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A NEW YORK TIMES, WASHINGTON POST, USA TODAY, AND PUBLISHERS WEEKLY BESTSELLER
“[A] diverse and enlightening book . . . The 99% Invisible City is altogether fresh and imaginative when it comes to thinking about urban spaces.”
-The New York Times Book Review
“Here is a field guide, a boon, a bible, for the urban curious. Your city’s secret anatomy laid bare–a hundred things you look at but don’t see, see but don’t know. Each entry is a compact, surprising story, a thought piece, an invitation to marvel. Together, they are almost transformative. To know why things are as they are adds a satisfying richness to daily existence. This book is terrific, just terrific.”
-Mary Roach, New York Times bestselling author of Stiff, Grunt, and Gulp
“The 99% Invisible City brings into view the fascinating but often unnoticed worlds we walk and drive through every day, and to read it is to feel newly alive and aware of your place in the world. This book made me laugh, and it made me cry, and it reminded me to always read the plaque.”
-John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All The Way Down
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 podcast that explores big ideas behind seemingly small things. It unveils the stories embedded in the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive on, and the sidewalks we stroll along. This show celebrates design and architecture, showcasing both the deliberate brilliance and unintentional absurdity found in our urban environments. It shares intriguing narratives about designers and the people affected by their creations.
Now, the creators of 99% Invisible, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt, present The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design. This book examines the various components that keep our cities functioning, and delves into the origins and captivating stories behind things like power grids, fire escapes, drinking fountains, and street signs.
With meticulously researched entries accompanied by beautiful line drawings, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the podcast and anyone with an interest in design, urban environments, and the remarkable wonders often overlooked in our everyday surroundings.
“The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design”
Hi everyone, I’m Allison Cuddy, the Maryland Tomah Artistic Director of the Chicago Humanities Festival. Welcome to this program, “The 99 Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.” You can learn more about other upcoming programs at our website, chicagohumanities.org. You can also support us by making a one-time donation or becoming a member. And while you’re there, you can find out how we make our programs more accessible, including closed captioning for all our digital events. Thank you to our captioner and to the Bank of America for their support of this week’s programs. Today, Roman Mars, co-author of the book, will be in conversation with Kurt Colstead, his co-conspirator, and the conversation will be moderated by author and video creator Hank Green. Enjoy!