Italo Calvino's 'Invisible Cities', Illustrated Isaura. Image © Karina Puente Frantzen

Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, Illustrated – Image © Karina Puente Frantzen

Italo Calvino’s ‘Invisible Cities’, Illustrated: Lima-based architect Karina Puente has a personal project: to illustrate each and every “invisible” city from Italo Calvino’s 1972 novel. The book, which imagines imaginary conversations between the (real-life) Venetian explorer Marco Polo and the aged Mongol ruler Kublai Khan has been instrumental in framing approaches to urban discourse and the form of the city.

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