Sunday, January 24, 2021

The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design

There are many things in our built environment that we just take for granted. For example, stop signs. Why are they octagons? And why red? Turns out somebody thought that the number of edges was an indication of degree of danger. And red seemed like a good color for stop.

99% Invisible City attempts to explore many of the parts of the built environment that we see every day, yet often don't think about. There are sections on the inflatable "things" at car dealerships. Why are there no more metal fire escapes? Why tall buildings? What happened to all the mail order houses from Sears? There are so many good parts of this book, it is hard to put down. I will definitely check out the podcast

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