The Architecture of British Transport in the Twentieth Century Julian Holder, Steven Parissien

Studies in British Art
Publication date:
11 Jan 2005
Paul Mellon Centre
256 pages: 254 x 178mm
130 b-w illus.


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' -