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Author Bernard, Andreas, 1969-
Title Geschichte des Fahrstuhls. English
Lifted : a cultural history of the elevator / Andreas Bernard ; translated from German by David Dollenmayer.
Imprint New York : New York University Press, 2014.

Author Bernard, Andreas, 1969-
Subject Elevators -- Social aspects -- History.
Elevators -- History.
Description 1 online resource
Note "Originally published as Die Geschichte des Fahrstuhls : über einen beweglichen Ort der Moderne, 2006 Fischer Taschenbuch Verlag in der S. Fischer Verlag GmbH, Frankfurt am Main"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Cover; CONTENTS; INTRODUCTION; The History of Technology: New York, 1854; Inventing the Multistory Building; Accidents; 1 THE BREACH THROUGH THE BUILDING: ORGANIZING THE VERTICAL; A Theory of the Elevator Shaft; Architectures of Linearity; The Void between Floors; 2 FROM ATTIC TO PENTHOUSE: THE VERTICAL HIERARCHY OF BUILDINGS; Grand Hotels; Garret Rooms, 1839: Poor Poets and Eloping Couples; The Hygienists' Battle against the Tenement House; The Semantics of the Attic around the Fin de Siècle; Penthouses, Roof Gardens, and the Executive Suite; 3 CONTROLS.
The Elevator Operator at the Turn of the CenturyPush-Button Controls and the Path to Self-Operated Elevators; A Brief Psychology of the Push Button; 4 INTERIORS; The Stairwell; The Assimilation of the Elevator Cab; Urbanization and Spatial Fear: The Cab and Claustrophobia; The Politics of the Elevator; The Elevator in Literature, Film, and Advertising; NOTES; BIBLIOGRAPHY; ABOUT THE AUTHOR; ABOUT THE TRANSLATOR.
Summary Before skyscrapers forever transformed the landscape of the modern metropolis, the conveyance that made them possible had to be created. Invented in New York in the 1850s, the elevator became an urban fact of life on both sides of the Atlantic by the early twentieth century. While it may at first glance seem a modest innovation, it had wide-ranging effects, from fundamentally restructuring building design to reinforcing social class hierarchies by moving luxury apartments to upper levels, previously the domain of the lower classes. The cramped elevator cabin itself served as a reflection of li.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781479880423
1479880426
1479873489 (alkaline paper)
9781479873487 (alkaline paper)
9781479873487 (alkaline paper)
9780814787168
0814787169
OCLC # 879352537
Additional Format Print version: Bernard, Andreas, 1969- Geschichte des Fahrstuhls. English. Lifted. New York : New York University Press, [2014] 9781479880423 (DLC) 2013035477 (OCoLC)857897837.


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