OHNY Stacks: The 99% Invisible City
Where: Open House New York
212-991-6470 Price: $8
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Why are manhole covers round? What do the yellow squiggly lines painted on the street tell us? Why don’t you see metal fire escapes on new buildings?
Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt, creators of the popular design podcast 99% Invisible, have a keenly observant eye and an insatiable curiosity for uncovering the mysteries of the city baked into the buildings we inhabit, the streets we drive on, and sidewalks we traverse.
Digging into everyday urban design is the centerpiece of The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, October 2020). Inspired by the podcast, this new book zooms in on intriguing details about how our cities work, exploring the origins and other fascinating stories behind everything from power grids and fire escapes to drinking fountains and street signs.
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Roman Mars is the host and creator of 99% Invisible, a short radio show about design and architecture. With over 400 million downloads, the 99% Invisible podcast is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Fast Company named him one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013. He was a TED main stage speaker in 2015. It is currently the most popular TED Talk about design with over 6 million views. His crowd funding campaigns have raised over $4 million and he’s the highest-funded journalist in Kickstarter history. He is also a co-founder of Radiotopia, a collective of ground-breaking independent podcasts.