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Reads tagged with “cities”

Matthew Picton’s Map Sculptures of Cities Made of Books about the City
Matthew Picton’s Map Sculptures of Cities Made of Books about the City

From Hunter S. Thompson to Wagner, or what Ulysses has to do with news headlines from 9/11.

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Lewis Mumford on the City: Rare Footage from 1963
Lewis Mumford on the City: Rare Footage from 1963

What Dutch highways have to do with Canadian documentaries and the psychology of protests.

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The Ghost Map: Hard Lessons in Epidemiology from Victorian London
The Ghost Map: Hard Lessons in Epidemiology from Victorian London

What an ill Victorian infant has to do with the power of maps and the future of modern cities.

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Walls Notebook: Unleash Your Inner Graffiti Artist
Walls Notebook: Unleash Your Inner Graffiti Artist

Marking your urban territory without fear of handcuffs, or how to partake in graffiti culture sans spray can.

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Urban Atrophy: Haunting Photos of Architectural Ghosts
Urban Atrophy: Haunting Photos of Architectural Ghosts

What Classic Coke has to do with abandoned dolls and the afterlife of buildings.

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Missed Connections Illustrated: Artist Sophie Blackall’s Touching Visual Odes to Modern Love
Missed Connections Illustrated: Artist Sophie Blackall’s Touching Visual Odes to Modern Love

Reverse-engineering serendipity, or what ice skating collisions have to do with fish market romance.

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Metropopular: If Cities Could Speak
Metropopular: If Cities Could Speak

Charming animated short film explores city stereotypes.

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Understanding Urbanity: 7 Must-Read Books About Cities
Understanding Urbanity: 7 Must-Read Books About Cities

What airports have to do with Medieval towns, Brooklyn’s bookstores and Le Corbusier.

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The Exposed City: A Brief History of Mapping the Urban Invisibles
The Exposed City: A Brief History of Mapping the Urban Invisibles

From Ptolemy to MIT, or what Edward Tufte has to do with Google Earth and the future of understanding cities.

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Built to Last: The Illustrated Secrets of Mankind’s Greatest Structures
Built to Last: The Illustrated Secrets of Mankind’s Greatest Structures

What gargoyles and mosques have to do with King Edward I and the secrets of Ancient Rome.

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