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Infrastructure: A Field Guide to the Industrial Landscape Hardcover – 15 Nov 2005
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Replete with the author's striking photographs, Infrastructure is a unique and spectacular guide, exploring all the major "ecosystems" of our modern industrial world, revealing what the structures are and why they are there, and uncovering beauty in unexpected places. Covering agriculture, resources, energy, communication, transportation, manufacturing and waste, this is the perfect companion to the industrial landscape. The objects that fill our everyday environment, such as streetlights, railway tracks, antenna towers, motorway overpasses, satellite dishes and thousands of other manufactured items, are so familiar they have become so familiar we hardly notice them. Larger and more exotic facilities have transformed vast tracts of the landscape: coal mines, nuclear power plants, oil refineries and steel mills, to name a few. This book is a compelling and clear guide for those who want to explore and understand this mysterious world created by man.
About the Author
BRIAN HAYES is a senior writer for American Scientist and a recipient of a National Magazine Award.
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Probably better to dip into than to read at one sitting, but an impressive book
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Hayes clearly explains what we often see as mysterious, arcane and inexplicable structures in the industrial landscape in clear terms, without becoming tediously technical and using difficult technical terminology, regarding those who may not be overly familar with the mechanics and procedures of mining, energy production and other similar industries.
The text is profusely illustrated with clear colour photographs with captions on every page. Very few diagrams are included, unless absolutely necessary. The captions associated with the photographs elucidate the workings of the machinery or structures depicted. Details such as pylon insulators are also explained. Importantly, a sense of scale is always provided by pointing out an object in the picture which is recognisable.
This is an important book, long needed. It is non-judgemental, and written with a playfulness which makes it all the more engaging. The analogies and explanations given are clear, and the language is accessible most readers including young people from the age of ten, without being condescending.
Infrastructure is a well designed book, produced on art paper (glossy and china coated), and is actually quite weighty. The layout is clear and functional, good typography and eminently legible. The design matches its contents.