Harper's Magazine- Keyword: Evil, Google's addiction to cheap Electriticity

DataCenterKnowledge wrote a post that Harper's Magazine has published a copy of the site plan for Google's data center in The Dalles, OR.

The Dalles

Google The Dalles

In reading the Harper's article (which isn't totally accurate), I was curious what motivated the writer to write and use Keyword Evil Google in her title.  It turns out the Author Ginger Strand lists her obsession as Hydroinfrastructure.  And, she is about to publish a book Inventing Niagara: Beauty, Power, and Lies.

Most of us take infrastructure for granted but we shouldn't; it tells us a lot about ourselves. The massive investment in designing, building and maintaining infrastructure is one of a society's most utopian actions: through it we seek to remake the world. Hydroinfrastructure, for example, shows our conviction that the perfect world has easy access to cold drinks and hot showers. It also links country and city through the flow of one of earth's most elemental substances, demonstrating that the worlds of “nature" and “culture" are not as separate as we often believe.

A great book on infrastructure generally is Infrastructure: The Book of Everything for the Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes.

I looked up the book she references and it looks like an interesting read.