Monday, July 09, 2007
“Ooh, look! A Monopolistic Phone Company Repair Van in its native habitat!”
Mark just sent me an email pointing out the book Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape:
We are surrounded by the hardware of the modern world, but how much of it do we even notice, much less understand? This unique and fascinating book covers the parts of the landscape that are often overlooked despite their ubiquity—objects such as utility poles, power lines, cell phone towers, highway overpasses, railroad tracks, factories, and other man-made mechanical marvels. And they are not just in urban areas, but include out of the way “ecosystems” such as mines, dams, wind farms, power plants, grain operators, steel mills, and oil refineries. In Infrastructure, Brian Hayes offers clear explanations of the systems that keep the modern world running, including agriculture, energy supplies, shipping, air transportation, and the various ingenious methods of recycling and managing the waste we generate.
Review of Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape
It certainly sounds like the type of book I would love to read. Thanks, Mark.