The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper

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A gorgeous graphic tour of the inner workings of skyscrapers—from the author of The Works

Indispensable and unforgettable, The Heights is the ultimate guide to the way skyscrapers work—from the bases of their foundations to the peaks of their spires. With skyscrapers becoming essential elements of urban life, there has never been a greater need for understanding and embracing these complex structures. Using innovative illustrations to tackle the vast complexity of these ...

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Overview

A gorgeous graphic tour of the inner workings of skyscrapers—from the author of The Works

Indispensable and unforgettable, The Heights is the ultimate guide to the way skyscrapers work—from the bases of their foundations to the peaks of their spires. With skyscrapers becoming essential elements of urban life, there has never been a greater need for understanding and embracing these complex structures. Using innovative illustrations to tackle the vast complexity of these buildings, The Heights explores with remarkable insight every aspect of designing, building, and maintaining a modern skyscraper, as well as the individuals who build and maintain these architectural cathedrals. In the process, The Heights provides a remarkable snapshot of urban life at the dawn of the twenty-first century.

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With this monumental study, the author of The Works: Anatomy of a City adjusts her focus to the skyscrapers that mark the skylines of the world's greatest cities. With the curiosity of an outsider and the expertise of a specialist, she examines every aspect of these imposing structures from their construction site underpinnings to their sometimes wind-sensitive pinnacles. Even for lifelong city-dwellers, Heights will an education; for readers there and elsewhere, it will be a treat.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780143124085
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 223,791
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Ascher

Kate Ascher is the author of The Works: Anatomy of a City. She serves on the faculty of Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and manages Happold Consulting’s U.S. practice. She lives in New York City.

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