Reprogramming the City

First up is Reprogramming the City: Doing More with What We Have by Scott Burnham.

If the 20th century was defined by its excesses, the 21st century will be defined by its limitations. Reprogramming the City reveals how cities around the world are reimagining and repurposing existing urban assets in innovative ways to benefit their residents by doing more with the assets they already have.

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 creative resourcefulness that is transforming cities around the world.

With over 40 richly-illustrated projects from dozens of cities, Reprogramming the City 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.