Reprogramming the City

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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 creativity in the world’s urban centers.”  – Renée Loth, AchitectureBoston magazine

  • 214 pages
  • 44 projects from 17 countries
  • 300+ color photographs and illustrations


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“This book shows the incredible transformation of what was once seen as basic urban infrastructure into social spaces and community assets.” – Isabel Zempel, Sasaki, ASLA

Reprogramming the City is a 214-page exploration of innovative ways existing urban infrastructure and other elements are being reused and repurposed for new use in cities around the world.

From billboards in Lima, Peru, that now generate fresh drinking water to bus stops in northern Sweden transformed to boost the mental health of commuters during dark winter months, Reprogramming the City reveals the hidden abilities contained in existing city structures to improve life for urban residents.

Featuring over 40 examples from 17 countries, Reprogramming the City shows the potential of looking at everyday urban objects and asking, “What if they did more than their original purpose?”

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Weight 16 oz
Dimensions 11 × 9 × .5 in

1 review for Reprogramming the City

  1. Maria Xose

    An amazing collection of examples showing what a difference repurposing can make. I particularly like the layout showing the original urban object on the left, with its repurposed new life on the right. A very visual, easy read, that carries an incredibly important message.

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