Driving is a fact of life. We are all spending more and more time on the road, and traffic is an issue we face everyday. This book will make you think about it in a whole new light.
We have always had a passion for cars and driving. Now Traffic offers us an exceptionally rich understanding of that passion. Vanderbilt explains why traffic jams form, outlines the unintended consequences of our attempts to engineer safety and even identifies the most common mistakes drivers make in parking lots. Based on exhaustive research and interviews with driving experts and traffic officials around the globe, Traffic gets under the hood of the quotidian activity of driving to uncover the surprisingly complex web of physical, psychological and technical factors that explain how traffic works.
About this Author
Tom Vanderbilt is a New York City-based writer on architecture, design, technology, science and other topics. He is contributing editor to I.D. and Print, and writes for a wide range of publications, including: The New York Times, Wired, The Financial Times, Smithsonian, Preservation, Slate, Metropolis, Rolling Stone, Playboy, Harvard Design Magazine, Cabinet, Artforum, and others. He has recently written on everything from the architectural history of the quonset hut (for an exhibition mounted by the Alaska Design Forum) to the neuroscientific underpinnings of urban navigation (for the forthcoming Else/Where Mapping book to be published by the Design Institute of the University of Minnesota).
Vanderbilt is author of Survival City: Adventures Among the Ruins of Atomic America (Princeton Architectural Press), and The Sneaker Book: Anatomy of an Industry and an Icon (The New Press). He has also contributed to a number of books, including Supercade: A Visual History of the Videogame Age (The MIT Press), Commodify Your Dissent: Salvos from the Baffler (W.W. Norton), Boob Jubilee: The Mad Cultural Politics of the New Economy (W.W. Norton), and The World and the Wild (University of Arizona Press).
He lives in Brooklyn and drives a 2001 Volvo V40.
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- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Canada (July 29, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0307397726
- ISBN-13: 978-0307397720
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