Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt - "The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design" - Virtual Event

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
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Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt

Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt will discuss The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design. They will be joined in conversation by Hank Green.

Presented in partnership with Chicago Humanities Festival

Virtual event


About the book: 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.

About the authors: Roman Mars is creator and host of 99% Invisible, the wildly popular podcast exploring architecture and design, for which he produced the most successful crowdfunding campaigns for a podcast in Kickstarter history. Fast Company named Mars one of the 100 Most Creative People in 2013 and he was a TED main stage speaker in 2015.

Kurt Kohlstedt is the digital director and producer of 99% Invisible. Before joining the show, he founded a series of successful online magazines on cities and design, starting with WebUrbanist in 2007. He holds a graduate degree in architecture from the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments.

About the interlocutor: Hank Green started making YouTube videos in 2007 with his brother, John. He is now the CEO of Complexly, which produces SciShow, Crash Course, The Anthropocene Reviewed, and nearly a dozen other educational YouTube channels and podcasts. He's also the author of the #1 New York Times best-seller, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing, and its sequel, A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor. You can find him wasting time on just about any social media site except Facebook.

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