Is it possible to write a stunning book about infrastructure? Kate Ascher’s books are bliss for engineering-minded adults and children. Using gorgeous graphics and clear, simple, language, Ascher explains the infrastructure and engineering marvels around us. As David Macaulay won over a generation to architecture in the ’70s and ’80s with books like Castle and Underground, Ascher is enticing people to engineering, urban planning, and infrastructure. Here’s an excerpt from the chapter on air travel from her new book, The Way to Go: Moving By Sea, Land, and Air.
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