Engineering the City

Engineering the City
Engineering the City

Engineering the City

How Infrastructure Works
By Matthys Levy, By Richard Panchyk

9 & up


144 Pages, 7 x 10

Formats: PDF, Trade Paper, Mobipocket, EPUB

Trade Paper, $14.95 (CA $22.95) (US $14.95)

ISBN 9781556524196

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Oct 2000)


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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.


“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

Author Biography

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.