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In Motion

The Experience of Travel

By Tony Hiss

Even a trip to the mailbox can be a voyage of discovery. See travel in a new light with acclaimed author Tony Hiss.

Published by APA Planners Press, 2012

Format: Paperback, 356 pp.

ISBN: 978-1-61190-011-8

Quick order code: A00118

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With a new foreword by Robert D. Yaro.

In 1990 The Experience of Place created a buzz in the planning community. Its award-winning author returns to planning themes with In Motion: The Experience of Travel, now in a paperback edition from APA Planners Press.

This intriguing book starts with the idea that travel gives us "open-sesame" moments when we suddenly see even familiar surroundings with fresh eyes. The experience — Hiss calls it Deep Travel — can happen whether we're on a trek through the Khyber Pass or a trip to the mailbox. With stories of his own journeys and passages from celebrated travel writers, he makes the transcendental experience come alive.

Simple techniques can unlock this hidden dimension, and planners can use these heightened perceptions to shape the built and natural environments. In Hiss's mind-opening account, ordinary landscapes — highways, train tracks, intersections — become as extraordinary as the first human settlements or the most dazzling and renowned streetscapes.

In Motion opens new paths of understanding for urban and regional planners, architects and landscape architects, and everyone else involved in creating transportation systems and public spaces. It's a journey worth taking.

Click here to read an excerpt from In Motion.

About the Author

Tony HissTony Hiss has written 13 books, including the award-winning The Experience of Place. His bookshave explored subjects as varied as train travel, Hunanese cooking, giant pandas, photography, the story of his family and both the landscape and the future of New York City and its region. He was a staff writer at The New Yorker for more than 30 years. He also has written from The New York Times, Newsweek and Travel + Leisure. He was a Visiting Scholar at New York University's Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The National Recreation and Park Association's Literary Award praised Hiss for a lifetime of "spellbinding and poignant" writing about "how our environments, modes of travel, and other aspects of the American landscape affect our lives."

In Motion is Tony Hiss's 13th book. His other titles include The Experience of Place: A New Way of Looking at and Dealing with our Radically Changing Cities and Countryside (1990); The View of Alger's Window: A Son's Memoir (2010); and Building Images: Seventy Years of Photography at Hedrich Blessing (2000).

In the News

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
Design Observer, April 7, 2011

Cornerstones: Building Communities That Last
Orton Family Foundation Blog, February 17, 2011

A Story Curled Inside
Harvard Magazine, January-February 2011

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
Orion Magazine, November/December 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
The Christian Science Monitor, November 17, 2010

The Exchange: Tony Hiss on Deep Travel
The New Yorker, November 16, 2010

In Motion: The Experience of Travel
New York Journal of Books, October 2010

Tony Hiss Finds the Everyday Extraordinary
Publishers Weekly, September 13, 2010

(Reviews from 2010–2011 refer to the hardcover edition)

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