Where can I learn more about urban infrastructure systems?
November 12, 2010 3:05 PM Subscribe
Urban Infrastructure—a Thorough Introduction:
Where can a layman learn more about infrastructure: the electrical grid, water supply/sanitation, transportation/distribution, waste removal, etc.? (many others listed inside)
Everything I find wants to either explain it to a 12-year-old or explain it to an engineering grad-student.
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Was walking around looking at utility poles and thinking about how very little I know about these things that affect me so profoundly every second of every day.
Help me find media (books, textbooks, articles, films, etc.) that will help me understand these systems — their history, construction, operation, and maintenance — in more than just superficial ways. I'm not an engineer, but I've worked in fabrication, worked with electricity and electronics, and I have an educational background in Geography and Economics. I'm comfortable with technical concepts and with envisioning things systemically.
The areas of interest that came to me on my walk were as follows, please feel free to add any of your specialties, many of which I have no doubt missed: the electrical grid, Water supply and sanitation, transportation and distribution networks, waste removal, pipelines, air and seaports, flood control, radio/fiber-optic/other communication networks. Many thanks.