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Finding the Hidden City @ Philadelphia City Institute Library

December 6, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Please join us at the Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square as we celebrate Hidden City’s new book: Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City. Co-authors (and Hidden City Daily co-founders) Nathaniel Popkin and Pete Woodall will talk about the book’s themes and present a slideshow, with a Q&A to follow. The event is free–no need to register.

Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City delves into one of America’s greatest and yet least understood cities to reveal the physical and cultural intricacies of place, from the intimate to the monumental.

Written by Hidden City Daily co-founders Nathaniel Popkin and Peter Woodall, and photographed by one of America’s most lauded architectural photographers, Joseph E.B. Elliott, the book marks out the elements of Philadelphia’s hiddenness through its vivid layers and living ruins. Rather than a nostalgic elegy to loss and urban decline, Finding the Hidden City connects Philadelphia’s particularly accretive form to its idiosyncratic history, culture, and people. By laying out these connections the authors develop an alternative theory of American urbanism to contrast with the better-understood narratives of New York and Los Angeles. The journey here is as much visual as it is literary; Joseph Elliott’s striking photographs reveal Philadelphia’s elemental beauty.

The book is available for purchase HERE.


December 6, 2017
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Philadelphia City Institute Library
1905 Locust St.


Pete Woodall