The Best Infrastructure Photos

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In the wake of a natural disaster, the crucial role that infrastructure plays in making civilization feel civilized comes to the fore. Today, the crowdsourced photography magazine Pictory delivers a stunning feature on the bridges, sewers, factories, and cranes that help society run.

Infrastructure can be the sewer pipes beneath our streets, bridges that span difficult terrain, turbines that generate electricity, or the vehicles that move things efficiently from here to there. Almost by definition, infrastructure is the framework of modern life we rely upon each day. It's so ubiquitous to us that it usually seems invisible -- until the moment when you need it most and it's not there. That's when infrastructure becomes the most beautiful thing in the world.

Read the full story at Pictory.


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Alexis Madrigal is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Technology Channel. He's the author of Powering the Dream: The History and Promise of Green Technology. More

The New York Observer calls Madrigal "for all intents and purposes, the perfect modern reporter." He co-founded Longshot magazine, a high-speed media experiment that garnered attention from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the BBC. While at Wired.com, he built Wired Science into one of the most popular blogs in the world. The site was nominated for best magazine blog by the MPA and best science Web site in the 2009 Webby Awards. He also co-founded Haiti ReWired, a groundbreaking community dedicated to the discussion of technology, infrastructure, and the future of Haiti.

He's spoken at Stanford, CalTech, Berkeley, SXSW, E3, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and his writing was anthologized in Best Technology Writing 2010 (Yale University Press).

Madrigal is a visiting scholar at the University of California at Berkeley's Office for the History of Science and Technology. Born in Mexico City, he grew up in the exurbs north of Portland, Oregon, and now lives in Oakland.

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