Reprogramming the City by Scott Burnham
Reprogramming
the City

From billboards in Lima, Peru, repurposed to produce clean drinking water to modified bus shelters in Umeå, Sweden that improve the mental health of commuters, Reprogramming the City shows how resourceful creativity is transforming cities around the world by doing more with what we already have.

“Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of agency and creativity in the world’s urban centers that is still within our grasp.”  – Renée Loth, Editor, AchitectureBoston

What's in the book?

Projects
Countries
Pages
Cups of Coffee

WHAT DOES REPROGRAMMING THE CITY OFFER?

Unparalleled global perspective

Over 40 projects from 17 countries

WAYS TO MAKE the city a better place

Real-world solutions to improve people’s lives

Reprogramming the City by Scott Burnham

a vision for RESOURCEFUL DESIGN

Designing with the city, not for it

A catalyst to reprogram *your* ciTY

Inspiring global ideas to apply locally

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Reviews of Reprogramming the City

"Reprogramming the City is a hopeful anthology of solutions for our hot, crowded planet. Anyone reading Scott Burnham’s essential book will emerge reassured by the transformative power of agency and creativity in the world’s urban centers that is still within our grasp.”
“While spaces and resources are limited in urban areas, the inspirations of those living within are infinite. 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.”
“This book shows the incredible transformation of what was once seen as basic urban infrastructure into social spaces and community assets. Obsolete urban infrastructure is purposefully re-designed and reprogrammed to create a sustainable and socially responsible infrastructure."
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About the author

Scott Burnham, FRSA, has created and directed initiatives in more than a dozen cities worldwide and curated over 30 exhibitions exploring new ideas for design and urban environments. He has addressed numerous institutions and agencies on resourceful design strategies, including The World Bank, The World Urban Development Congress, and the MIPIM Global Mayor’s Think Tank. He is the author of Design Hacking: DIY Innovation, Resourcefulness, Self-Reliance, and a contributor to numerous publications. In recognition of his work, Burnham was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for Arts, Manufacturers, and Commerce in London in 2009.