• London : Reaktion Books 2015
Physical description
317 pages : illustrations
  • 1780234597 (e-book)
  • 9781780234595 (e-book)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • Other format: Also available in printed form.
  • Reproduction available: Electronic reproduction. Dawson Books. Mode of access: World Wide Web.
  • Design -- Driver -- Image -- Road -- Chaos -- Afterlife.
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  • Paperback: ; ISBN: 9781780234526
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  • History.
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  • English


  • Love or despise them, our attitude to cars is contradictory: our attachment to and revulsion of automobiles arises in equal measure across the world and throughout history. Our relationship with the car has always been intimately connected with design and this book examines this complex and persistent bond. If many people today feel that our connection with cars is a vice, how then does this manifest itself in the design of the cars we buy or use? This book shows how and why the automobile has evolved since the late nineteenth century, becoming an object of unparalleled popular desire as well as the problem child of the modern world. Over the past century the internal combustion engine, the lightweight steam engine and the electric motor proved their value to industry and commerce by powering tractors, pickup trucks and delivery vans, while supporting civic order and public service in police vehicles and ambulances. Yet it was the private passenger car that became the most glamorous product of the industrial age, serving psychological, social and economic functions well beyond its utility as a means of transportation. Car introduces the automotive design process, exploring engineering innovation and stagnation, mass-production and aesthetic obsolescence, branded styling and genuine artistry. Including insights from designers, manufacturers and drivers themselves and tracing the life cycle of the automobile from the drawing board to the scrapyard, Car evaluates the environmental impact of the world's current one billion cars and rising. It offers fascinating insights into the ways our attachments to cars may develop in light of environmental pressures, emerging technologies and changing lifestyles.

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University of Bristol Libraries: Arts & Social Sciences Library TL15 VOT 7 day loan: vacation loan
British Library: Humanities and Social Sciences, St Pancras Reading Rooms YKL.2016.a.5981
University of Cambridge Libraries: University Library: Order in West Room (Not borrowable) 2015.8.7511
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National Library of Scotland: General Reading Room, Edinburgh (stored offsite) PB8.215.616/11
National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru: Contact the National Library of Wales / Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru PRINT 2015 LDA 8703
University of Oxford Libraries: Bodleian Library XWeek 41 (15)
Science Museum Library: Dana Research Centre and Library 629.113:93 VOTOLATO
Trinity College Dublin Library: Ussher Library PL-638-159