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Based on 5 years of insights from blogging, The Pop-Up City presents a book about creative ideas for cities in a fluid world.

We, Jeroen Beekmans and Joop de Boer, are the brains and hearts of The Pop-Up City, an Amsterdam-based blog that showcases eye-opening ideas, concepts and trends that make a change in the city of today and tomorrow.

On a daily basis, we write stories about individuals, enterprises, and cities all around the world that come up with refreshing ideas and solutions to deal with a permanent stage of change, ranging from urban hacks, modular hotels, and parasite cinemas to pop-up retail concepts, rooftop farms, and houses on wheels. In the past five years, popupcity.net has grown from a little blog into an international online platform for forward-thinking city-making with a monthly readership of over 100,000.

The Pop-Up City — From Blog To Book

It has always been our dream to turn the rich online content of our blog into a beautiful, inspiring book that tells a remarkable story about cities and urban design in a fluid world. To turn this ambition into reality, we started working on the Pop-Up City book.

First version of the Pop-Up City book cover (design by Studio Vruchtvlees)
First version of the Pop-Up City book cover (design by Studio Vruchtvlees)

Written by the Pop-Up City editors and designed by Studio VruchtvleesPop-Up City — City-Making in a Fluid World will be a richly illustrated, 260-page publication that not only tells a story about (making) cities, design and culture in a world of permanent change, but also inspires the reader with a selection of 150 the most remarkable urban trends, concepts and ideas, harvested from the extensive and ever-growing series of more than 1,600 (!) articles that have been published on the blog in the past five years.

Preview pages of the book
Preview pages of the book

Whether you are an urbanite in a professional, scholarly, or leisurely way, whether you are already a follower of the blog or not, the Pop-Up City book is meant for everyone who is interested in exploring what is happening with today’s urbanized world and what great ideas emerge from it.

Details

  • Pop-Up City — City-Making in a Fluid World
  • Written by The Pop-Up City
  • 260 pages, full color, hard cover 19 x 24 cm
  • Includes 150 richly illustrated projects and examples
  • Language: English
  • Graphic design by Vruchtvlees
  • Publication date: April 2014 (if this Kickstarter campaign is successful)

Help Us To Pop This Book!

Currently, we are working hard to finish up the content of the book and fine-tuning its look and feel with the graphic designers of Studio Vruchtvlees, the agency that also designed our logo and website. With BIS Publishers, we have found a great publisher with an international reach, but your support is necessary to make the very final thing happen — to convince the publisher that the Pop-Up City book should go into print!

Our goal of $10,000 is only one-third of the amount we will actually need to publish the book. The other two-thirds would be taken up by the publisher who is willing to make the investment, but only if he is sure to have enough initial buyers! This is why this Kickstarter campaign is so important to us.

Rewards

Of course, we don't just want to ask for your money. Only here and now, we offer you the unique chance to become a co-owner of the Pop-Up City book and have your name in the back, to pre-order a copy for an amazing discount of 30%, and to be among the first in the world to receive it. 

If you are a really big Pop-Up City fan, there are a some more exciting rewards, ranging from a personal thank-you, a limited edition Pop-Up City tote bag and a one-day blog take-over to a personal Pop-Up City tour of Amsterdam and having us giving a lecture at your event. Be sure to check out all the rewards!

Limited edition Pop-Up City tote bag
Limited edition Pop-Up City tote bag

Pop this book! Let's make this happen, together with us. We would be very, very grateful.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

We are currently working on the content of the Pop-Up City book. Our designers will start working in December. When the Kickstarter campaign turns out to be successful, BIS Publishers immediately starts the production process. The book is planned to be officially released in April, 2014.

Founded in 1986, BIS Publishers has earned an international reputation for prize-winning books about design, fashion, architecture and advertising. All copies of the Pop-Up City book will be delivered to buyers through the publisher's reliable international distribution network. Every book buyer will receive his/her copy before the end of May, 2014.

Other rewards, such as the Pop-Up City tote bags, will be delivered to backers' doors before the end of February, 2014.

FAQ

  • 1. The majority of Pop-Up City readers live in the United States.
    2. Kickstarter requires us to only ship from the US.

    We have tried our best to balance the shipping costs as much as we could to make them fair for as many people as possible. Furthermore, the 30% discount ensures that you are still way better off than buying the book elsewhere. If you live outside the US, there's shipping costs of $10.

    Our apologies for the inconvenience!

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