UNDERGROUND by David Macaulay
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It's hard to imagine an artist better qualified to explore the maze of pipes, piles, and tunnels that lies Underground beneath a big city, and if this recreation lacks the utopian clarity of Macaulay's imaginary Cathedral (1973) and City (1974), there are compensating flashes of humor and playful solutions to the problem of illustrating what can't be seen. Explanations of the four major kinds of foundations for large buildings, the layout of sewer systems and underground cables, and the building of a subway tunnel require a more substantial and more challenging text than previous volumes, but the visual experience can stand by itself. In addition to the predictable surface views, diagrams and cutaway cross sections, Macaulay strips away pavement and soil to show us how the superstructure of a city street would look if we could stand on bedrock, below. The perspective is mind boggling, and though we've seen parts of the picture elsewhere--in Kelly and Park's Tunnel Builders (p. 328, J-108), for example--Macaulay gives us a breathtaking and entirely original insight.
Pub Date: Sept. 29th, 1976
ISBN: 0395340659
Page count: 116pp
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 1976


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