The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design
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"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 Gulp, Stiff, and Grunt
--John Green, New York Times bestselling author of The Fault In Our Stars "We usually define cities in terms of their bigness, so it's easy to forget that our daily experience of any city is made up of countless tiny, intimate encounters. Just as Jane Jacobs did fifty years ago, Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt provide a new way of seeing urban life, finding secrets and surprises behind every sewer grate, storefront, and street sign."
--Michael Bierut, design critic and author of How to Use Graphic Design to Sell Things, Explain Things, Make Things Look Better, Make People Laugh, Make People Cry, and (Every Once in a While) Change the World "[The 99% INVISIBLE CITY] celebrates the functional, serendipitous, and often beautiful ways that humans have shaped their surroundings."
-- Ari Shapiro, National Public Radio "The 99% Invisible City is not a book, but a pair of magic glasses that transform the mundane city around you into a vibrant museum of human ingenuity."
--Justin McElroy, podcaster and New York Times bestselling author "The ideal companion for city buffs, who'll come away seeing the streets in an entirely different light."
--Kirkus Reviews, starred review "Conversational, bite-size entries [and] beautiful tricolor illustrations . . . A field guide for anywhere."