The Leporello Book: The City – a big Organism

A city is a living being, almost like a big animal: The houses form its skeleton, the streets are its arteries, the means of transport its blood, the telecommunication cables its nerves, and City Hall may be considered its brain. The city eats, it drinks and digests, and it has grown – over the centuries…

The 60-inch-wide concertina-type poster at the end of the book shows a cross section of the city, from the old centre around the church, via the impressive streets of the inner city to the industrial buildings on the outskirts of the town. In its course from the centre to the periphery this cross section also follows the city’s history from the Middle Ages to the present day. The book explains, aided by copious illustrations, why a city needs quite different buildings for living in on one hand, and working in on the other. It shows what kinds of cables and pipes are buried under the street, what means of transport there are, and how the different parts of a city have special functions – but it also reveals the scars history has left in the fabric of the city and explains what kinds of problems beset a city in these modern times.

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Further information

  • Comes with a detachable, concertina-type colour poster, 11.4 x 59 ins. / 29 x 150 cm
  • Sold to Mainland China (Simplified characters), all other rights available.

Hans Baltzer

Hans Baltzer, born in 1972, trained to be a typesetter before studying Communcation Design in Berlin-Weissensee and the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, USA. He now works as a freelance graphic designer, producing books, posters and sundry others. He lives in Berlin with his family. Hans Baltzer has been named as a New Talent to watch by the New Yorker Creative Quarterly.

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