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Carscapes - Morrison, Kathryn A.; Minnis, John - Yale University Press
Art and Architecture

Published for the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art 
 

Carscapes

The Motor Car, Architecture, and Landscape in England

  • Kathryn A. Morrison and John Minnis
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Winner of the Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship awarded by the Association for Industrial Archaeology.

Shortlisted for the 2013 Art Book Prize given by the Authors' Club to the best book on art or architecture.

Shortlisted for the 2014 Railway & Canal Historical Society's Transport Book of the Year Award.

Shortlisted for the Alice Davis Hitchcock 2014 Award sponsored by the Society of Architectural Historians of Great Britain.

When the motor car first came to England in the 1890s, it was a luxury item with little practical purpose—drivers couldn't travel very far or quickly without paved roads or traffic laws. Thus began a transformation that has affected the architecture, infrastructure, and even the natural environment of the country. Carscapes relates the history of the car's impact on the physical environment of England from its early beginnings to the modern motorway network, focusing especially on its architectural influence.

The authors offer a detailed look at the litany of structures designed specifically to accommodate cars: garages, gas stations, car parks, factories, and showrooms. Presenting a comprehensive study of these buildings, along with highways, bridges, and signage, Carscapes reveals the many overlooked ways in which automobiles have shaped the modern English landscape.

Kathryn A. Morrison and John Minnis are senior investigators at English Heritage.

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