Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works

Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works


By (author) Matthys Levy, By (author) Richard Panchyk

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  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press
  • Format: Paperback | 144 pages
  • Dimensions: 178mm x 251mm x 13mm | 272g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Chicago
  • ISBN 10: 1556524196
  • ISBN 13: 9781556524196
  • Edition statement: Projects and Principles for Be ed.
  • Illustrations note: b/w illus
  • Sales rank: 231,404

Product description

How does a city obtain water, gas, and electricity? Where do these services come from? How are they transported? The answer is infrastructure, or the inner, and sometimes invisible, workings of the city. Roads, railroads, bridges, telephone wires, and power lines are visible elements of the infrastructure; sewers, plumbing pipes, wires, tunnels, cables, and sometimes rails are usually buried underground or hidden behind walls. Engineering the City tells the fascinating story of infrastructure as it developed through history along with the growth of cities. Experiments, games, and construction diagrams show how these structures are built, how they work, and how they affect the environment of the city and the land outside it.

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Author information

Matthys Levy is chairman-emeritus of Weidlinger Associates Structural Engineers. His previous books include the best-selling Why Buildings Fall Down and Why the Earth Quakes. Richard Panchyk is the author of Archaeology for Kids and the coauthor of Engineering the City. Both of his grandfathers and three of his great-uncles were soldiers in World War II. He lives on Long Island in New York.

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"Future engineers, math enthusiasts, and students seeking ideas for science projects will all be fascinated by this book." --Booklist "A terrific book to help you answer those tough questions about everyday structures in an urban environment...filled with useful drawings and pictures...loaded with experiments, design projects and construction diagrams." --Demolition