“Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of creativity in the world’s urban centers that is still within our grasp.”

– Renée Loth, AchitectureBoston

“This book teaches us the possibilities of re-connecting the cities and the citizens through innovative solutions instigated by the people who best know the needs.”​ 

– Dr. Atsushi Deguchi​, University of Tokyo​

Reprogramming the City reveals how cities around the world are reimagining and repurposing existing urban assets to benefit residents by doing more with what cities already have.

Bus Stop in Umeå, Sweden, transformed into a “light therapy” booth to boost public mental health during dark winter months.

From billboards in Lima, Peru repurposed to generate clean drinking water, to bus shelters in Umeå, Sweden that swapped their advertising lights for anti-SADD light therapy tubes to give commuters a mood boost during dark winter months, Reprogramming the City uncovers a new spirit of urban repurposing and reuse that is transforming cities around the world.

Bus Stop in Umeå, Sweden, transformed into a “light therapy” booth to boost public mental health during dark winter months.

Reprogramming the City features over 40 richly-illustrated projects from numerous cities across 17 countries. The book offers an unparalleled collection of real-world examples of how existing urban elements are being reimagined to perform alternate functions, or assume entirely new roles in the city.

Bus Stop in Umeå, Sweden, transformed into a “light therapy” booth to boost public mental health during dark winter months.

Organized into the thematic chapters of Food and Water, Shelter and Housing, Health and Wellbeing, Energy and Ecology and Renewal and Recovery, this book shows how the full range of human needs and achievement can be realized from the assets cities already have in place.

Decommissioned San Francisco city bus transformed into Lava Mae Bus, a mobile hygiene unit for the homeless.

Reprogramming the City

Reprogramming the City features:

  • 44 projects from 17 countries
  • 214 pages with over 300 color photographs and illustrations
  • A new paradigm of urban creativity that designs with the city, not for it.

Reprogramming the City is both a catalogue of exceptional ideas and a catalyst for change and a new approach to cities – one that designs with the city, not for it. It is an exceptional container of inspiration for those seeking to discover a new paradigm of urban creativity and resourcefulness.