The Works

The Works

Anatomy of A City

Book - 2007
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A fascinating guided tour of the ways things work in a modern city

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.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007.
Copyright Date: ©2005
ISBN: 9780143112709
Branch Call Number: 307.1216 ASC
Characteristics: 228 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Marech, Wendy
Alternative Title: Anatomy of a city


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Dec 14, 2017

The subject matter of this book and its presentation with the use of many maps graphs (not lines in a box, but visually displaying of quantitative information (God bless Tufte!)), and other imagery. Its well structured and organized and shows how the transportation, sanitation, and communication systems work, and the text, though short, is clear, and the imagery that explains some aspect or process of the infrastructure has often accompanying text. There some shortcomings: its only about New York, and there is no bibliography or further reading guide either general or on specific parts of the infrastructure (there are numerous books on the topics but one could use a reliable guide to further pursue one's curiosity). Never mind Qtub, this is a book that should be kept out of the hands of terrorists.

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