How Infrastructure Works: Inside the Systems That Shape Our World

Book review by Deane Barker tags: infrastructure, engineering

This book was okay. It’s not what I expected.

It talks about infrastructure, but really from a systems and societal perspective. It talks about the ideas of sharing infrastructure, and how that infrastructure has played out in our society.

It also goes deep into the effects on women and minorities, and how choices about infrastructure location have affected different groups of people.

What it didn’t do is tell me – wait for it – how infrastructure works. I wanted to know how electricity gets to my house. Or exactly where my sewage goes. Or how a nuclear power plant works.

I didn’t get that. It’s not a nuts and bolts book. It’s more about the… philosophy of infrastructure, which wasn’t really what I wanted.

It’s well-written, and very interesting. I was just looking for something else.

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Deb Chachra
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