Monday, 9 November 2009

The Great Subway Obsession

Following our previous Design Studies task, for which I researched (and became obsessed with) subways, we were asked to compile a bibliography of books and journals from which we could draw further information on our chosen subjects. I have to admit, this task didn't fill me with excitement but it did bring me and an amazing book together. "Metro, the story of the underground railway" is fabulous. I would say go and have a look at in the library but I'm pretty sure I'll be monopolising the only copy! Here are the rest of the books and journals I've found and, of course, a bit more about "Metro":

Bennet, D, (2004), Metro the story of the underground railway, London, Octopus Publishing

Explores the architecture of the most dramatic and inspiring stations ever built. Innovations that have made it safer and more pleasant. Looks into subway culture, including popular art, tickets, graffiti art, decorated trains, escalators and maps.

Bennet, D, (2004), The architecture of the jubilee line extension, London, Thomas Telford Publishing

This book talks about the architects that have redefined the use of underground space. The way they have produced stations that respond to passenger movement, that meet long-term spatial planning needs and are a visual delight. This book explores these points to give a fuller understanding of each station's design and what makes for good architecture in civil engineering.

Hackelsberger, C, (1997), Subway Architecture in Munich, New York, Prestel

The changing architectural style of the Munich subway system is carefully documented in this book and is supported by numerous photographs. These developments range from the functional design, to the modern and innovative architecture of the present.

Heller, V, (2004), The City beneath us: building the New York subways, New York, W,N Norton

Describes in wonderful photographs, from the New York Transit Museum, the incredible construction techniques and details involved in creating the underground transport system we know of today. These photos are accompanied by a history of the subway system.

Lepori, R, and Franck, K, (2007), Architecture from the Inside Out, Great Britain, Wiley-Academy

This book emphasises feeling, moving and the experimental. Encourage the pursuit of design as a process evolving from the inside - from movement, sensation, surroundings and a dialogue between architect and client.

Preston, J, (2004), Interior Atmosphere, London, Artmedia Press

Combines contemporary projects and interviews alongside analytical essays. Explores the distinctions between visible and invisible realms within architectural design. The boundaries of design, art and architecture are discussed in order to gain a fuller understanding of atmosphere.

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