The Works: Anatomy Of A City

November 27, 2007|
The Works: Anatomy Of A City by Kate Ascher
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A fascinating guided tour of the ways things work in a modern city

“It''s a rare person who won''t find something of interest in The Works, whether it''s an explanation of how a street-sweeper works or the view of what''s down a manhole.”  —New York Post

Have you ever wondered how the water in your faucet gets there? Where your garbage goes? What the pipes under city streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get to your local market? Why radiators in apartment buildings clang? Using New York City as its point of reference, The Works takes readers down manholes and behind the scenes to explain exactly how an urban infrastructure operates. Deftly weaving text and graphics, author Kate Ascher explores the systems that manage water, traffic, sewage and garbage, subways, electricity, mail, and much more. Full of fascinating facts and anecdotes, The Works gives readers a unique glimpse at what lies behind and beneath urban life in the twenty-first century.
Kate Ascher serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and manages Happold Consulting’s U.S. practice. Prior to taking up her current positions, she worked at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, the New York City Economic Development Corporation,...
Title:The Works: Anatomy Of A City
Product dimensions:240 pages, 10.81 X 8.47 X 0.65 in
Shipping dimensions:240 pages, 10.81 X 8.47 X 0.65 in
Published:November 27, 2007
Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9780143112709

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