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The Motor Car, Architecture, and Landscape in England

Kathryn A. Morrison, John Minnis


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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.

Praise For Carscapes: The Motor Car, Architecture, and Landscape in England

Winner of the Peter Neaverson Award for Outstanding Scholarship awarded by the Association for Industrial Archaeology.
— Peter Neaverson Award

 Shortlisted for the 2014 Art Book Prize given by the Authors’ Club and supported by The Art Newspaper. The Art Book Prize is awarded annually to the best book on art or architecture.
— Art Book Prize

Winner of the Railway & Canal Historical Society's Transport Book of the Year Awards 2014.
— Transport Book of the Year Awards

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

Paul Mellon Centre, 9780300187045, 448pp.

Publication Date: February 5, 2013

About the Author

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