The skyscraper is perhaps the most recognisable icon of the modern urban landscape, but what does it really take to sustain human life at such enormous heights? Exploring the interconnected systems that make life liveable in the sky is the task of Kate Ascher's stunningly illustrated The Heights. Ascher examines skyscrapers from around the world to learn how these incredible structures operate. No detail is too small, no difficulty too big to escape Ascher's encyclopaedic eye. Filled with vivid illustrations and anecdotes, The Heights is the ultimate guide to life on high.
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. 274 x 216 mm. Language: English . Brand New Book. 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. Bookseller Inventory # AAT9780143124085