Kate Ascher, the author behind the amazingly detailed book called The Works: Anatomy of a City (a book about how a big city functions and operates), has come out with a new book on the makings of a skyscraper.

With highly detailed graphics and examples, the book entitled The Heights: Anatomy of a Skyscraper is once again a simple and effective way of understanding how complex systems — like skyscrapers — stay online. From the planning, to the construction, and to the everyday operations of power, water, and safety within the structure, Kate Ascher breaks it down into easily understandable descriptions which, at least for me, has completely changed how I look at the many tall buildings in NYC. If you’re the least bit interested in knowing how the building you live in works (even if it’s not a skyscraper), I highly encourage you to pick up this book!