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We spend our lives moving through passages, hallways, corridors and gangways, yet they do not feature in architectural histories, monographs or guidebooks. They are overlooked, undervalued and unregarded, seen as unlovely parts of a building's infrastructure rather than 'architecture'.

This book is the first definitive history of the corridor, from its origins in country houses and utopian communities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through reformist Victorian prisons, hospitals and asylums, to the 'corridors of power', bureaucratic labyrinths, and housing estates of the twentieth century. Roger Luckhurst takes in a wide range of sources, from architectural history to fiction, film and television, to explore how the corridor went from a utopian ideal to a place of unease: the archetypal stuff of nightmares.

 

Details

ISBN: 9781789140538
Audience: General
Format: Hardback
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 15 Apr 2019
Publisher: Reaktion Books
Publication City, Country: London, United Kingdom
Dimensions (cm): 22(H) x 17.1(L)

 

Reviews

"Corridors: Passages of Modernity demonstrates that the, often overlooked, corridor, uncelebrated by architectural history, was in fact a social, political, economic, as well as aesthetic matter which should encourage us to look at our current infrastructure with equal discernment."--Sherry MacKay, UBC School of Architecture and Landscape "Buildings & Cities"

 

Author Biography

Roger Luckhurst lives in a postwar utopian social housing estate in inner London and teaches at Birkbeck, University of London, where he is professor of modern literature in the School of Arts. He is the author of Zombies, also published by Reaktion Books, and wrote the British Film Institute Classics books on Alien and The Shining.

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