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Water-Works: The Architecture and Engineering of the New York City Water Supply Hardcover – December 5, 2006


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: The Monacelli Press; First Edition edition (December 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580931766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580931762
  • Product Dimensions: 1.1 x 9.2 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #921,060 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Nearly 300 luscious pages of text and image recording New York's attempts since the mid-1800s to corral water" -- The New York Times, December 10, 2006

About the Author

Kevin Bone is a professor at the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture at the Cooper Union and a founding partner of Bone/Levine Architects. He was the general editor and a contributor to The New York Waterfront: Evolution and Building Culture of the Port and Harbor (1997).

Gina Pollara was the associate director of the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture Archive until September 2006. She was a contributor to The New York Waterfront and prepared the revised and updated edition in 2004.

Albert F. Appleton, a former Commissioner of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, is a Senior Fellow at the Regional Plan Association (RPA) in New York City and a Visiting Fellow at the City University of New York Institute on Urban Systems (CIUS).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P Thompson on January 4, 2011
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As an individual that works in the water industry, I am always on the lookout for books that address water systems and their infrastructure. The author of Water-Works hit one out of the park with this offering. Numerous B/W photos and drawings chronicle New York City's quest for water dating from the 1600's to today. The text is informative without being overly technical. The engineering that went into NYC's water system is amazing, and this book reviews not only what was built, but what was not. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in construction, engineering the water industry or just New York City in general. WELL DONE
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New York City has an extremely complex water system, one that has often pushed the limits of American technology. This volume details the technical, social architectural and artistic aspects of the New York City water system since Dutch colonial days, The book is extremely well written discussing not only the systems put into place but also the social and political background that lead to the specific choices. The artwork in the book is magnificent. Modern and period photographs have been carefully chosen. In addition are numerous detailed drawings, elevations, plan views and maps. These are also both new and historical. The beauty of period draftsmanship is highlighted by some excellent examples hand drawn water colored views.

This book is a must read for anyone with an interest in municipal water systems, or Victorian and later water system technology. It is also a tremendously lovely volume that rewards the reader not only with well presented text but also with spectacular illustrations.

Terry Sofian
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