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Reads tagged with “cities”

What Makes a Great City: A General Theory of Walkability
What Makes a Great City: A General Theory of Walkability

“City engineers have turned our downtowns into places that are easy to get to but not worth arriving at.”

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The Famous Grids of Iconic Cities, Deconstructed and Remixed
The Famous Grids of Iconic Cities, Deconstructed and Remixed

Great metropolises, dissected and tidied up.

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Book Spine Poetry vol. 3: New York
Book Spine Poetry vol. 3: New York

The charismatic chaos of the city, captured in book spines.

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London Unfurled: An Obsessive 37-Foot Accordion Drawing
London Unfurled: An Obsessive 37-Foot Accordion Drawing

Along the River Thames in pen and ink.

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How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths
How the Dutch Got Their Bike Paths

What The Netherlands can teach us about child safety and mass protests as effective policy-benders.

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Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s
Changing New York: Berenice Abbott’s Stunning Black-and-White Photos from the 1930s

A breathtaking time-capsule of this ageless, ever-changing city.

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A Typographic Literary Map of San Francisco, in a Puzzle
A Typographic Literary Map of San Francisco, in a Puzzle

From Kerouac to Steinbeck by way of The Mission.

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Abstract City: Christoph Niemann’s Visual Essays
Abstract City: Christoph Niemann’s Visual Essays

What a transatlantic red eye flight has to do with biodiversity and charting the love of coffee.

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The Greatest Grid: How Manhattan’s Famous Street Map Came to Be
The Greatest Grid: How Manhattan’s Famous Street Map Came to Be

What Edgar Allan Poe, the Dead Rabbits, and Charles Dickens have to do with New York’s defining feature.

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New York Diaries: 400 Years of Great Writers’ Reflections on a Great City
New York Diaries: 400 Years of Great Writers’ Reflections on a Great City

What Jack Kerouac’s existential divide has to do with earmuffs, 9/11, and Edison’s “mechanical mind.”

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