The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper

The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper


By (author) Kate Ascher

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  • Publisher: Penguin USA
  • Format: Paperback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 216mm x 274mm x 14mm | 760g
  • Publication date: 5 December 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0143124080
  • ISBN 13: 9780143124085
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 351,475

Product description

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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Author information

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.