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A beautifully designed guidebook to the unnoticed yet essential elements of our cities, from the creators of the wildly popular 99% Invisible podcast 

Have you ever wondered what those bright, squiggly graffiti marks on the sidewalk mean?

Or stopped to consider why you don't see metal fire escapes on new buildings?

Or pondered the story behind those dancing inflatable figures in car dealerships?

99% Invisible is a big-ideas podcast about small-seeming things, revealing stories baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive, and the sidewalks we traverse. The show celebrates design and architecture in all of its functional glory and accidental absurdity, with intriguing tales of both designers and the people impacted by their designs.

Now, in The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to Hidden World of Everyday Design, host Roman Mars and coauthor Kurt Kohlstedt zoom in on the various elements that make our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs. With deeply researched entries and beautiful line drawings throughout, The 99% Invisible City will captivate devoted fans of the show and anyone curious about design, urban environments, and the unsung marvels of the world around them.

©2020 Roman Mars (P)2020 Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company

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Highley recomend for fans of the podcast

You know that feeling you get when your listening to a 99% invisible podcast and you start to feel it winding down and you get real sad because you know its going to end soon and your going to have to wait a whole nother week for a new episode? This is like a never ending episode of 99 pi featuring only Roman Mars. While it understandabley lacks some of the production value of the actual podcast because you know.... Its an audio book... its a content rich experience with both familiar and new knlowledge nuggets for all you fellow nerds out there. 12 out of 10 highly recomended

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  • ariel stanley
  • 2020-10-08

Absolutely amazing

I love 99pi and this audio book is just amazing I’m so glad Roman Mars narrates it.

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  • Jeanne
  • 2020-10-17

gonna but the physical book!

bought the audiobook because I enjoy the podcast. now I'm gonna go buy a bunch of the physical book to give as gifts because I kept thinking "this is fascinating! so-and-so would love this"!

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  • Christopher Aparicio
  • 2020-10-06

CMONEYWET APPROVES

Thank you. Incredible listen. I Would definitely recommend to anyone that loves to learn! YEE

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  • drooplug
  • 2020-11-20

it's a 10 hour episode of 99% invisible.

You can't beat that with a bat. . . . . . . . .