Kurt Kohlstedt is a writer, editor and the digital director at 99% Invisible, a radio show and website about design. With over 400,000,000 downloads to date, 99pi is one of the most popular podcasts in the world. Kurt has gone on tour with the show, given talks and participated in panels on various subjects from how Kindergartens shaped Modern art and design to creative adaptive reuse strategies for big-box stores. He is co-authoring a book with 99pi host Roman Mars to be published in October of 2020: The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design.
Back in 2007, Kurt founded WebUrbanist, the first in a series of online urban architecture, art and design and publications that would go on to reach hundreds of millions of readers over the decade that followed. Previously, Kurt studied philosophy (BA) at Carleton College before completing a graduate degree in architecture (M. Arch) at the University of Washington’s College of Built Environments. Over the years, he has worked on industrial, theatrical, furniture, graphic and web design projects and tweeted about cities, design, urbanism and synanthropes. 📧 Kurt àt urbanist dót us