Metropolis Books

Our goal is to publish timely, thought provoking, useful, and beautiful books that explore how design shapes culture, even as culture shapes the designed environment at every scale. We believe that design is a humanist activity and with this in mind, we look for topics that make people’s lives better. Related to this aim, we are interested in projects that examine how our environment is changing—cities and their surrounding suburbs and exurbs, as well as all the small and large objects and ideas, materials, and processes that build them. Our formats range from small, modestly illustrated essay books to large, heavily illustrated volumes, and many variations in between, with a corresponding span of price points.

Metropolis Books has published an impressive roster of provocative titles, including:

• Emily Pilloton, Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
• Fritz Haeg, Will Allen, et al., Edible Estates: Attack on the Front Lawn, 2nd edition
• Bryan Bell and Katie Wakeford, eds., Expanding Architecture: Design as Activism
• Architecture for Humanity, ed., Design Like You Give a Damn: Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises (now in its fifth printing)
• Matthew Coolidge and Sarah Simons, eds., Overlook: Exploring the Internal Fringes of America with the Center for Land Use Interpretation
• Marla Hamburg Kennedy and Ben Stiller, eds., Looking at Los Angeles
• Natalia Ilyin, Chasing the Perfect: Thoughts on Design in Our Time
• Akiko Busch, The Uncommon Life of Common Objects: Essays on Design and the Everyday
• Robert Polidori with Martin C. Pedersen and Criswell Lappin, Robert Polidori’s Metropolis

We welcome collaborations with other publishers as well as museums, educational institutions, and other organizations whose interests complement ours. Metropolis Books is distributed by D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers.

Please address inquiries to Diana Murphy, Editorial Director, Metropolis Books,

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