The Works: Anatomy of a City

By Kate Ascher

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A interesting guided travel of the methods issues paintings in a latest city

have you puzzled how the water on your tap will get there? the place your rubbish is going? What the pipes lower than urban streets do? How bananas from Ecuador get in your neighborhood marketplace? Why radiators in house constructions clang? utilizing ny urban as its element of reference, The Works takes readers down manholes and behind the curtain to give an explanation for precisely how an city infrastructure operates. Deftly weaving textual content and snap shots, writer Kate Ascher explores the platforms that deal with water, site visitors, sewage and rubbish, subways, electrical energy, mail, and lots more and plenty extra. choked with interesting proof and anecdotes, The Works supplies readers a special glimpse at what lies in the back of and underneath city lifestyles within the twenty-first century.

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