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The works : anatomy of a city

Author: Kate Ascher; Wendy Marech
Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2007, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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,
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Case studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kate Ascher; Wendy Marech
ISBN: 9780143112709 0143112708 1594200718 9781594200717
OCLC Number: 190861724
Notes: Includes index.
"Published in Penguin Books 2007"--T.p. verso.
Description: 228 pages : color illustrations, color maps ; 29 cm
Contents: Moving people : Streets ; Subway ; Bridges & tunnels --
Moving freight : Rail freight ; Maritime freight ; Air cargo ; Markets --
Power : Electricity ; Natural gas ; Steam --
Communications : Telephone ; Moving the mail ; The airwaves --
Keeping it clean : Water ; Sewage ; Garbage --
The future.
Other Titles: Anatomy of a city
Responsibility: Kate Ascher ; researched by Wendy Marech.
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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.

An account of the interconnected technology, transportation, and utility systems supporting New York City pairs detailed graphic images with explanations of behind-the-scenes mechanisms and processes for key structures and everyday arenas.

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