The 99% Invisible City, by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt

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This book is a fascinating collection of stories about the hidden elements of design constituting the world around us. Each chapter spotlights a different design element, supplying descriptive details, charting its history and--as design is the most  ubiquitous and hidden form of art--its evolution, especially in conjunction with technology. From massive infrastructures to technological minutiae to road signage, everything has a design story, some featuring serious problem-solving and others full-on zesty drama. This astounding collection reveals intelligent secrets behind our seamlessly functioning environments. It is also an excellent homage to the 99PI podcast--a must-listen for citizens, artists, and designers everywhere.
The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design By Roman Mars, Kurt Kohlstedt Cover Image
ISBN: 9780358126607
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Published: Dey Street Books - October 6th, 2020

Atlantis, by Carlo Piano and Renzo Piano

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In this compilation of thoughts and meditations on beauty, nature, art, meaning, architecture, and the fascinating idea of Atlantis, renowned architect Renzo Piano and his son, Carlo Piano, a curious explorer and journalist, send readers on an amusing sea adventure. While Carlo is skeptical of the audacious quest to find the lost island, Renzo is determined to see through what has been a decades-long dream. Their conversations debunk myths and trace ideas woven with historical anecdotes, design processes, and an obsession with exploring cities--mainly by sailing. An absolute delight to read!  


Atlantis: A Journey in Search of Beauty By Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano, Will Schutt (Translator) Cover Image
By Carlo Piano, Renzo Piano, Will Schutt (Translator)
ISBN: 9781609456238
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Published: Europa Compass - November 3rd, 2020

The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation Is Reviving America's Communities - Stephanie Meeks

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Meeks extensive knowledge in the preservation world as head of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and formerly of The Nature Conservancy makes her voice on the importance of treasuring the old built environment of superior note. Making the case that old buildings in cities are beneficial on all fronts from financial to environmental, Meeks points us towards a vision of the future city as one that is diverse in it's built make-up reflecting the values of the modern era for diversity and respect. Revealing research finds blocks with smaller, older buildings have more stores owned by women and minorities, they are more diverse ethnically and economically in their tenant make-up. Anyone who is interested in urban design and the future of our growing cities will want to read this.

The Past and Future City: How Historic Preservation is Reviving America's Communities By Ms. Stephanie Meeks, Mr. Kevin C. Murphy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781610917094
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Island Press - October 4th, 2016