Anything that is built is present in or conditioned by cities, where the fruits of construction, that activity so essential to the human psyche, converges and condenses. Each city is unique and calls for a specific approach to its mysteries. This series aims to introduce readers to the architecture and engineering that distinguish some of the world's major metropolises, including Madrid, New York, Berlin, Sydney and London.
Engineering works are the product of human beings' explicit resolve to expand, erect and provide shelter, as well as to mitigate nature's flows. This new series addresses such works by type: dams, ports, roads, electric power, bridges, distinctive buildings, footbridges, high speed rail and roofs. It ends with a synopsis of recent construction in Spain.
The books in this series respond to the need to formulate a critical theory that will contribute to the understanding and interpretation of civil works. Theory clarifies the essential association between works of engineering and the world built in their wake, taking the landscape as the most appropriate perspective for that purpose, given its inclusion of the natural and built environments as perceived by the human eye.
A number of mobile apps have been developed as vehicles for enhancing the awareness and understanding of civil engineering and the landscape, adapting the information available to the technologies demanded by today's society. The ability to georeference resources adds value to traditional printed catalogues.