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The automobile has brought about changes to the landscape that are nothig short of revolutionary. The dramatic reconfiguration of cities and the countryside to accomodate our taste for freedom of movement has been matched by a change in the way buildings themselves have been planned. Today, CAAD and car-building techniques have opened up new possibilities for architectural design and this book, edited by the London-based architect Alex de Rijke, argues taht the influence of the car on architectural and ruan thinking is greater than ever. De Rijke's selection of ideas, photographs, texts and completed projects by a variety of architects explores the parellel development of cars and architecture during the second half of the twentieth century, and provides a compelling manifesto for the future of building design.Front seats have been shaved and widened at the shoulder, whilst back seats are raised a few centimetres, all to maximise visibility. ... At the so-called Leviathan end of the market, the MPV has far loftier ambitions. ... air conditioning while the rear bench acts as economy until, that is, you replace six of the seats with optional rotating, Captain Kirk style (if not ... Any suggestion of a#39;van nessa#39; is anathema to the MPV designer (except if the MPV in question is a Citroen Berlingo, which thenanbsp;...

Author:Jonathan Bell
Publisher:Birkhauser - 2001-01-01


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