The Works: Anatomy of a City

The Works: Anatomy of a City

by Kate Ascher


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ISBN-13: 9780143112709
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/27/2007
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 215,824
Product dimensions: 8.47(w) x 10.79(h) x 0.65(d)
Age Range: 18 - 17 Years

About the Author

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, and Vornado Realty Trust. Her other books include The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper and The Way to Go: Moving by Sea, Land, and Air.

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"The Works is both a reference guide and a geeky pleasure."
-Time Out New York

"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

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The Works: Anatomy of a City 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
annbury on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Interesting guidebook to the physical structures that keep a great city -- in this case, New York -- moving and talking and consuming and clean, fed, and watered. The author uses very clear diagrams to explain the city's transport, power, communications, and sanitation grids. It underlines the fact that modern urbanites are totally dependent on a whole bunch of complex systems working perfectly. Scary, but then it's been working for a hundred years.
sarahfrierson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This fantastic nonfiction book uses illustrations, text and maps to explain the infrastructure of the most complex city on earth¿New York City. Covering everything from subway lines and pneumatic mail tubes to fiber optics and alternative fuel sources, this book makes each of these intricate layers easy to understand. And even if you are not interested in the inner workings of NYC, the explanations of how all of these various systems function can inform and improve our understanding of our own city.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading this book. It gave me a full detail of the inner workings of the largest city in the United States, more than any other book that I have read. The information and illustrations were very detailed and easy to comprehend. There was one thing that I thought was missing in this book was the mention of the city,s police, fire & Port Authority services.
shawnd on LibraryThing 4 months ago
About NY City. I am not sure why the author keeps this hidden on the cover and even well into the book. I think it would have been more of a commercial success were that promoted. (Not that I love NY, it just seemed a little duplicitous). This book was very interesting, filled with things one would never know or even know to ask. I really liked it. However, more than any other book, this could put me to sleep on an airplane, I mean after 2 paragraphs. Consider this book a sedative--but not in a bad way. It's just kind of like reading a prose encyclopedia filled with interesting facts.
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NSALegal More than 1 year ago
I was expecting something more general, and this focuses almost exclusively on New York City as the representative example of a city. Sometimes the information is too simple, sometimes too detailed in an uninteresting way, but there are enough curious facts, histories, procedures followed and descriptives to keep a reader's attention throughout.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago