‘Desired landscapes’: lateral thinking applied to cities


Desired landscapes is a biannual print magazine about cities: those that exist and those that only do exist on our imagination.

Forget about selfies and ‘Lonely Planet’ tourist traps.

Desired Landscapes is an invitation to explore cities around the world differently.

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It’s no coincidence that the word “wander” is printed so many times throughout the magazine.


The writing and photographs on the magazine invite the reader to explore cities laterally, in search of the unexpected.

Coming directly from Athens, ‘Desired Landscapes’ highlights the work of a number of photographers, writers and designers around the world.

[Read more about cities on ‘The City’ zine by Wayfarer Books – a free download for subscribers]

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Issue number one is a chest of wonders where one can find inspiration to visit new cities (or see your own with a new set of eyes).

For instance:

  • An interview with a Greek travel book collector which briefly explains the genre’s history and how have images of cities in our mind changed through the centuries.
  • An analysis of the architecture of Athens comparing it to the Greek shadow plays from the 19th century and their stages
  • A study of Kuwait’s urban planning
  • An essay about wandering in Tokyo, noticing the signs on the city’s floor, the lack of points of reference or the train tickets
  • A first-person account of living in Los Angeles and its vastness and division
  • A reprint from Lori Waxman’s delightful ‘Keep Walking Intently’ – where she analyses the Dadaists’ and Surrealists penchant for walking in the city

And more unexpected thoughts and ideas about cities.

Furthermore, the magazine is more like a pocket-sized book (it’s around 200 pages long) and it provides one of the wonders of printed matter: it smells fantastic.

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