A reader tipped us off to a great little book recently published called “Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City“, co-written by Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Purckhauer. The authors observe the daily (and nightly) street life of the Soho neighborhood in Manhattan (Prince Street, above), and outline 100 short lessons about what they find. Some of these lessons are obvious, others surprising. Taken as a whole, it’s a delightful way of mapping the urban experience in a way that feels fresh and accessible.
Crisply designed with black-and-white photos and simple diagrams (above) which illustrate each lesson, this book is highly recommended for anyone interested in what makes urban neighborhoods, and public space, really work. Happy reading.
[images courtesy of MIT Press]