Architecture in the Service of Motoring

The automobile is a revealing conduit to understanding what society and lifestyle were like in the first half of the twentieth century. The automobile is part utility and part luxury. It is both a simple, practical, relatively undemanding and a hardy means of transportation, and, simultaneously, a symbol of personal freedom, mobility, a new way of conceiving time and space in the world, a convenience, and an opulent and pleasurable item of consumption.

The book was prepared as part of work on the project ‘Industrial Topography – the Adaptive Re-use of Industrial Heritage’ supported by the NAKI programme (National and Cultural Identity) of the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and with the support of a grant from the SGS (the Student Grant Fund) of the Czech Technical University (Grant No. SGS 010-802 140).


Petr Vorlík (ed.), Architecture in the Service of Motoring, Prague 2013.

126 pages; Czech, English summary; ISBN 978-80-01-05220-4 / authors Ondřej Beneš, Klára Brůhová, Eva Dvořáková, Jan Falta, Karel Hájek , Mariana Holá, Miloš Hořejš, Martina Hrabová, Anna Kašíková, Jan Králík, Jiří Křížek, Jakub Potůček, Ivan Rous, Milan Rudik, Oldřich Ševčík, Petra Vinařová, Petr Vorlík, Jaroslav Zeman, Ladislav Zikmund-Lender / proofreading Vlasta Popelová / scientific review Štefan Šlachta, Bystrík Bezák, Jiří Hulák / translation Robin Cassling / graphic design Jan Zikmund / print Signpek s. r. o. / published by the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage FA CTU Prague