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by Roger Luckhurst

Nineteenth century reformers had very positive ideas about corridor spaces as fundamentally changing people. When did that change? cultural historian Roger Luckhurst asks.

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Corridors: Passages of Modernity

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Roger Luckhurst
Reaktion Books
April 2019

Roger Luckhurst lives in a post-war utopian social housing estate in inner London and teaches at Birkbeck College, where he is Professor of Modern Literature in the School of Arts. He is the author of Zombies (Reaktion, 2015), and wrote the BFI Classics on Alien and The Shining.

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The Way Inn

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It turns out—sorry to ruin it—that all hotel corridors in the world are secretly connected together, and you can walk all the way around the world just by turning certain directions. Wiles’s expert commentary on the transnational space of the chain is a culmination of the sense of unease that always hovered around the communal corridors of hotels.


Stephan Trüby, et al

One of the things that was very important in the genesis of this project was the Venice Biennale organized by Rem Koolhaas. He actually had a whole section on the corridor as an idea, and the person Koolhaas relied on for this was a German scholar named Stephan Trüby. He’s now written a Geschichte des Korridors. It’s a proper architecture history.