Books

Could Bookless Libraries Revolutionize Access for the Poor?

They require less space, and they offer what under-served communities often really need -- internet access.

Lewis and Clark, Meet Foursquare

History's greatest journeys, now available in KML files.

Airline Perk of the Day: A Book That Lasts Precisely the Length of Your Flight

Qantas Airways' new literary marketing strategy.

The Lost Art of Luggage Labels

A look back at the miniature pieces of graphic art that once defined travel.

Has the Christian Church Forgotten Its Urban Roots?

Two pastors make the case that American Christians need to shed their "anti-urban bias" before their religion becomes marginalized.

How to Build an Urban Icon ... Out of LEGOs

Brick City, released today, offers models of buildings and infrastructure that span continents.

Richard Hell Looks Back on Punk's Roots in Place

Yes, there's plenty of sex and drugs in the musician's new memoir, but it also ponders the lasting cultural influence of punk on New York City.

The Map as Ghost Story, Love Story and Everything in Between

A new book invites New York residents to draw their own experiences on maps of Manhattan.

Hong Kong's Bookstore of Banned Books

An interview with Paul Tang, whose People's Recreation Community has tapped into an intriguing new market.

Lost Treasure of the Day: Edmonton's Streetcar Bookmobile

How good things once were!

How a Map Is Like an Op-Ed

Thanks to the open data movement, anyone can be a cartographer. Professor Laura Kurgan on geography as a storytelling tool.

Why Our Cities Look and Work the Way They Do

A conversation with Sam Bass Warner and Andrew Whittemore about their new book, American Urban Form.

A Glorious Collection of the Craziest Skyscraper Concepts You've Ever Seen

Eight years of "outstanding ideas for vertical living," courtesy architectural magazine eVolo.

Urban Explorers Think About Public Space Differently Than We Do

Author Moses Gates on what we should be able to access.

The Istanbul That Might Have Been, and Might Still Be

A book of unbuilt Ottoman-era architectural and engineering plans sheds surprising light on the current building boom in Turkey’s largest city.

Imagine a Digital Library in Every Bus or Train

Slow commute? No problem.

'Detroit Isn't Some Kind of Abstract Art Project'

A new book provides some crucial perspective on Michigan's most embattled municipality.

Some Super Charming Illustrated Answers to Urban Mysteries

Why do pigeons bob their heads? Do squirrels know where they hide their nuts? And other questions answered in this new art-meets-science book.

Apparently, Most Cities Aren't Getting Any More 'Literate'

It's the District's third year atop Central Connecticut State's literacy rankings.