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Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners

Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners

Engineering the City: How Infrastructure Works, Projects and Principles for Beginners
By Matthys Levy, Richard Panchyk

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Book 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.

Book Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #214485 in Books
  • Brand: Chicago Review Press
  • Published on: 2000-10-01
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 10.00" h x .40" w x 7.00" l, .70 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 129 pages

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist
Gr. 6-12. Future engineers, math enthusiasts, and students seeking ideas for science projects will all be fascinated by this book, which is filled with engineering "projects and principles for beginners." Facts about dams and bridges segue into information about water transportation and irrigation, and eventually into a chapter that answers the question, "What happens when I flush the toilet?" Other sections deal with highways, railroads, electrical circuitry, and garbage disposal. Simple line drawings unobtrusively enhance descriptions in the text, and there are specific, step-by-step ideas for engineering experiments that usually require only simple household objects. Each chapter ends with a brief list of suggested further activities that encompass geography, writing, geometry, and even history. A source of both general information and activities that can be used across the curriculum. Roger Leslie
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Review

“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

About the Author

Matthys Levy, an architectural engineer, is a principal of Weidlinger Associates, a structural engineering firm. He has won numerous awards, including the AIA Institute Honor Award. Richard Panchyk
is the author of Archaeology for Kids, Franklin Delano Roosevelt for Kids, Galileo for Kids, Keys to American History, Our Supreme Court, and World War II for Kids.


Customer Reviews

Most helpful customer reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
5Great educational and fun book for a budding engineer
By Grandma
Excellent book for my 10 year old grandson. He loves building and wants to learn as much as possible about the science behind it. This gives a clear written picture regarding engineering, followed up with experiments to do on your own to visually learn the concept. I purchased a used copy that arrived in excellent, like new condition.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
4Helpful Teacher's Guide
By Jiang Xueqin
This is a very helpful guide for teachers who want to give their K-6 students a broad overview of urban infrastructure. The writing is clear and crisp, and there are a lot of accompanying diagrams and examples.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
1One Star
By conrad
Not as comprehensive as I was expecting.

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