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Up down across : elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks
Goetz, Alisa.
Publication Information:
London : Merrell, [2003]

Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
General Note:
Published in association with the National Building Museum, Washington, DC.
Visual prelude -- Preface: vertical, horizontal, diagonal / Dr. Henry Petroski -- 1. Turning point: conveyance and the Paris Exposition of 1900 / Alisa Goetz -- 2. Designing non-space: the evolution of the elevator interior / Peter A. Hall -- 3. A matter of perception: escalators, moving sidewalks, and the motion of society / John King -- 4. Hovering vision / Phil Patton -- 5. Conveyance "germs": elevators, automated vehicles, and the shape of global cities / Keller Easterling -- 6. Perspectives on the escalator in photography and art / Julie Wosk -- 7. Elevator stories: vertical imagination and the spaces of possibility / Susan Garfinkel.
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This landmark publication documents the extraordinary impact that elevators, escalators and moving walkways have had on the urban landscape, building types and culture worldwide. The mid-nineteenth-century invention of the elevator safety break, in conjunction with other developments such as the steel frame, facilitated the construction of the skyscraper and so helped to transform the appearance of our cities and the places in which many of us live and work. The turn-of-the-century inventions of the escalator and the moving sidewalk have left their indelible mark on railway stations, airports, retail spaces, hotels, offices, factories and elsewhere. Engagingly and authoritatively written and stunningly illustrated with widely sourced images that range from historical prints, photographs and film stills to the latest computer renderings, "Up, Down, Across makes a long-overdue and valuable addition to urban and architectural studies and cultural history.

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Library Journal Review

This unusual design book accompanies an exhibition at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC (September 2003- April 2004). The book and exhibition are sponsored by Otis Elevator, an America pioneer in the field and one of the world's largest manufacturers of people-moving products. Goetz, the assistant curator of the museum, has gathered six essays relating to the cultural effects of "conveyance devices." These ubiquitous machines are often taken for granted on the urban scene. The writers are architects, academics, and journalists, most of whom have penned books on design. Subjects covered here include the history of people movers, the history of elevator interior design, John Portman's trend-setting Hyatt Regency Atlanta, trends in automated conveyance technology, escalators in photography and art, plus elevators in film and fiction. The illustrations (160 color, 100 b&w) are equally diverse, while exploiting the Otis corporate archives. An illustrated glossary helps readers understand the hidden machinery. Recommended for large public and academic collections.-David R. Conn, Surrey P.L., B.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Billing itself as "one of the first books to evaluate the role of conveyance devices on architecture and culture," and sponsored in part by the Otis Elevator Company in commemoration of its 150th anniversary, this book is published together with an exhibition at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. It is more successful as a coffee-table book than as a resource. It combines a useful engineering-related preface by Henry Petroski with a technical appendix and seven overlapping essays by seven well-respected authors that examine elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, and automated transit and cargo handling systems in social and metaphorical contexts, especially as expressed in popular literature and movies, and their relationships to architecture of buildings and cities. It touches only lightly on engineering considerations, and makes no mention of conceptually similar pre-Otis applications, such as funicular railways or locks and "inclined planes" used in early canal systems, and devotes little attention, other than repeated mentions of Elisha Otis himself, to the people who designed the systems discussed. Excellent large-format architectural photographs and period illustrations. Most suitable for collections with interests in urban architecture, city planning, and the performing arts. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through professionals. G. E. Herrick Maine Maritime Academy