Beneath the Metropolis

Beneath the Metropolis : The Natural and Man-Made Underground of the World's Great Cities

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Urbanization has dramatically increased worldwide in the last few decades resulting in the creation of mega-cities (cities with populations of at least 10 million). But few people living in these areas have any idea of what lies underfoot, or understand its importance. In "Beneath the Metropolis", Alex Marshall leads an informative and entertaining 12-city tour brimming with fascinating details about this mysterious underground realm. An absorbing topic for anyone that has visited or lives in a large city, this book demonstrates that without the subterranean web of wires, tunnels, pipes, and cables, the modern city would not exist. "Beneath the Metropolis" peels back the layers of history, politics, economics, and geology covering some of the most populous, and most interesting cities: New York; Chicago; San Francisco; Mexico City; Paris; Rome; London; Moscow; Cairo; Tokyo; Beijing; and Sydney. Each rests atop an immense labyrinth of infrastructure that, while hidden from view, helps to give every metropolis its character, and offers clues about how certain changes have enabled future sustainability. Numerous photographs, maps, diagrams, and timelines appear throughout the book enhancing an engaging narrative about the new human habitat.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • full color throughout
  • 0195145178
  • 9780195145175

About Alex Marshall

Alex Marshall is an independent journalist and the author of How Cities Work: Suburbs, Sprawl and the Roads Not Taken. His writing has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, Metropolis, The Boston Globe, Architectural Record, Slate, and other publications. A Senior Fellow at Regional Plan Association, a regional urban planning organization in New York City, he is also a member of the Citistates Group, a network of journalists, speakers and civic leaders focused on building competitive, equitable and sustainable 21st-century metropolitan regions.show more

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