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The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design Hardcover – 20 October 2020


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  • Hardcover : 288 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1529355273
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1529355277
  • Product Dimensions : 18.6 x 3 x 23 cm
  • Publisher : Hodder & Stoughton (20 October 2020)
  • Language: : English

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The ideal companion for city buffs, who'll come away seeing the streets in an entirely different light. - Kirkus

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, author of Stiff and Grunt

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 Beirut, 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

Conversational, bite-size entries [and] beautiful tricolor illustrations . . . A field guide for anywhere. - Booklist

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An alternative guide to the hidden everyday objects in a city, from the hugely successful podcast 99% Invisible