Tube time : how the subterranean city got faster by design

Lawrence, David (2016) Tube time : how the subterranean city got faster by design. In: Design and Time : Design History Society Conference 2016; 08-10 Sep 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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Through the twentieth century, and into the twenty-first, the trains beneath our feet have moved us ever faster across the metropolis. They are the obvious machines we encounter along the way, but they represent only a part of the totally designed environment of the Underground. Whilst stylistic details of this environment have shifted conceptually and materially through the decades, in every element from the cardboard pocket map to the digital space modelling systems now used to plan services. This paper examines the evolution of the transport network as a sophisticated organism, at once mechanical monster and ‘soft machine’, to consider how its design, and its industrial, graphic, spatial and information designers, have flourished as a result of our urge to move ever faster.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Title: Design and Time : Design History Society Conference 2016
Locations and Dates of Event:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Middlesex University10 September 201610 September 2016
Organising Body: Design History Society
Research Area: Architecture and the built environment
Art and design
History of art, architecture and design
Town and country planning
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Art, Design & Architecture (until 2017) > Modern Interiors Research Centre (MIRC)
Depositing User: David Lawrence
Date Deposited: 16 May 2017 12:52
Last Modified: 16 May 2017 12:52

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