Corridors

Passages of Modernity

Roger Luckhurst

Corridors

Roger Luckhurst

Distributed for Reaktion Books

240 pages | 40 halftones | 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 | © 2019
Cloth $35.00 ISBN: 9781789140538 Published May 2019 For sale in North and South America only
We spend our lives moving through passages, hallways, corridors, and gangways, yet these channeling spaces do not feature in architectural histories, monographs, or guidebooks. They are overlooked, undervalued, and unregarded, seen as unlovely parts of a building’s infrastructure rather than architecture.

This book is the first definitive history of the corridor, from its origins in country houses and utopian communities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, through reformist Victorian prisons, hospitals, and asylums, to the “corridors of power,” bureaucratic labyrinths, and housing estates of the twentieth century. Taking in a wide range of sources, from architectural history to fiction, film, and TV, Corridors explores how the corridor went from a utopian ideal to a place of unease: the archetypal stuff of nightmares.
Review Quotes
Owen Hatherley, author of “Militant Modernism,” “The Chaplin Machine: Slapstick, Fordism and the Communist Avant-Garde,” and “The Ministry of Nostalgia”
“One of the great writers on Horror and Pulp trains his attention onto the history of modern architecture, reading it through one motif—the passageway and corridor, revealing the simple conduit as something alternately punitive and utopian, idealistic and functional. The results serve as a pathway through the mundane reality and extraordinary potential of the cities we live in. Your local mall will never feel the same again.”
Sukhdev Sandhu, author of “Night Haunts: A Journey through the London Night”
“What a work of imaginative re-engineering! Luckhurst—always learned, but always witty too—journeys through architecture, philosophy, social thought, and radical history to show that corridors, as much as they have been associated with dread and numbing conformity, have also been sites of utopian dreaming, celebrated as engines of collectivity and social exchange, heralded as pathways to marvelous modernity.”
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