The Architecture of British Transport in the Twentieth Century

Edited by Julian Holder and Steven Parissien

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January 11, 2005
256 pages, 7 x 10
130 b/w illus.
ISBN: 9780300106244

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art

Transport buildings—railway stations, airport terminals, bus and coach stations, motorway service areas, filling stations, and garages—are such a part of everyday scenery they are easily overlooked. This book is the first to take a close look at the architecture of British transport buildings of the twentieth century, a period during which transportation systems, methods, and even purposes underwent enormous change.

The contributors to the book consider transport buildings both well known and unfamiliar from a variety of intriguing viewpoints. They explore the design and promotion of the London Underground, the battle between road and rail, the intentions of architects—to glamorize travel, to calm fears, to accommodate huge numbers of travelers—and the political and cultural significance of the transport buildings that have become a major part of modern life.

Julian Holder is director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, Edinburgh College of Art School of Architecture. Steven Parissien is dean of arts at the University of Plymouth and former assistant director of the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art.

“[A] stimulating and well-written book.”—Andrew Martin, The New Statesman

"The book will be indispensable to the specialist reader. . . . After reading [the comparison of Heathrow to Venice or Mont St. Michel], the drive down the tunnel will never be the same again."—Graham Tite, Context

Finalist for the 2006 Historians of British Art Book Prize in the multiauthored/edited volume, any period subject category

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