publication . Thesis

From pier to modernity: architectural histories of the seaside pier 1861-1914

Barry, Clare;
Open Access English
  • Country: Mauritius
Abstract
The aim of this thesis is to establish the British seaside pier as a unique space of nineteenth century modernity. There is no doubt that the pier shared much in common with other new building types that were emerging in the second half of the nineteenth century, but its materiality, liminal location, spatial logic and mixed use made it a uniquely ambivalent and radical architecture. This thesis examines how our understanding of the pier has been informed by its chequered historiographic representation and suggests that through a return to the archive and an analysis informed by critical theory, we can begin to understand the cultural significance of the pier. A...
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