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Lesson one: People walk in the sunshine. Lesson two: Street vendors are positioned according to the path of the sun. Ninety-eight additional maxims follow with illustrations and photos in Urban Code: 100 Lessons for Understanding the City by Anne Mikoleit and Moritz Pürckhauer. The architect and architecture professor from Zurich present results of a phenomenological investigation in New York City and describe what makes SoHo, SoHo. Inspired? Go forth and write your own city’s code. • $18.95; The MIT Press, October 2011