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99% Invisible

Design is everywhere in our lives, perhaps most importantly in the places where we've just stopped noticing. 99% Invisible is a weekly exploration of the process and power of design and architecture. From award winning producer Roman Mars. Learn more at 99percentinvisible.org. A proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.

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Cities are pretty robust organisms, they tend to survive even when put under tremendous stress and strain. Local industries rise and fall, people immigrate and emigrate, but most of these changes happen over decades. What happens to a city when … Continue reading →

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99% Invisible-34- The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids
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99% Invisible-33- A Cheer for Samuel Plimsoll
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99% Invisible-32- Design for Airports
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99% Invisible-31- Feltron Annual Report
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99% Invisible-29- Cul de Sac
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99% Invisible-28- Movie Title Sequences
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99% Invisible-27- Bridge to the Sky
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99% Invisible-26- Chicago’s Jailhouse Skyscraper
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99% Invisible-24- The Capitol Columns
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99% Invisible-20- Nikko Concrete Commando
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99% Invisible-19X- RJDJ Reactive Music
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99% Invisible-19- Liberation Squares plus NY Dick
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99% Invisible-18- Check Cashing Stores
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99% Invisible-17- Concrete Furniture
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99% Invisible-16- A Designed Language
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99% Invisible-15- Sounds of the Artificial World
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99% Invisible-14- Periodic Table
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99% Invisible-13- Maps
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