Kate Ascher’s The Works Works

theworks2.jpgWe went last night to the Center for Architecture presentation of Kate Ascher’s The Works, designed by Alexander Isley. And while we might not agree with City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden’s assessment that it is the best book she has read in decades, we thought it was pretty spectacular. The book is all about how the mail system used to work (pneumatic tubes!), how the subway used to run (pneumatic tubes!), where our trash goes (Virginia!) where our water comes from (a reservoir!), where our power sometimes comes from (barges!), and then we got to so enthralled we had to lie down.

Kate kept apologizing for being geeky but we think–scratch that–know learning is cool. We’re losing our edge on this post, we know, but it was just. so. awesome.