The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars - Book Review

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$30.00
ISBN: 9780358126607
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Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 6th, 2020

Fans of the podcast 99% Invisible are in for a special treat. Released ten years after Roman Mars first enchanted the podcasting world, this book is an illustrated compendium of the fascinating tidbits he's gathered about the seemingly mundane. Focusing on what makes a city tick, Mars does what he does best, chronicling stories about the hidden design behind everyday objects citywide. Here you'll learn the evolution and humble origins of the water fountain, the purpose and consequence of hostile architecture, the reason Syracuse has the nation's one and only upside-down traffic signal, why some homeowners paint their dying lawns green, how guerilla gardening subverts authority, and why staircases that lead nowhere are named after a former baseball player. ~ Reviewed by Joe Michon-Huneau


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