As the subtitle suggests, this book looks at the ins and outs of the skyscraper. As most of the fascinating stuff goes in behind the facade, outs and ins would be a better order though. There are many professionals, skills, involved in realising a skyscraper and The Heights covers pretty much all of them through a one or two-page spread per topic.
The book is beautifully illustrated with easy to understand graphics and images that were made especially for this book. As such it reminds me a bit of the Kids Encyclopedia that I was given when I was a kid, but that doesn’t mean this book is for youngsters only. It’s for a general public of all ages who is looking for a good and proper introduction of the skyscraper.
The Heights is a well structured and pretty illustrated overview of what it takes to design, build, manage, living in, and dream up a skyscraper. Specialists might challenge some of the content as it deals with the skyscraper related topics in general. But then again, this book is not for them. If you are looking for a good and easy digestible introduction of the skyscraper, this is it.
Anatomy of a Skyscraper
author : Kate Ascher
year : 2011
pages : 208
publisher : The Penguin Press