London Underground
Architecture, Design and History


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London Underground: Architecture, Design and HistoryThe seminal and pioneering London Underground is more than a mass transport system, it is a style icon with a rich and fascinating history built on the work of some of the leading architects and most important artists of their day.

Exploring its creation from Frank Pick’s original vision through the development of Metroland to architect Charles Holden’s groundbreaking new aesthetic, the richly illustrated London Underground: Architecture, Design and History tells the story of the Tube and explains what makes it the internationally important icon that it is.

Exploring its abundance of characters (some good, many not) its scores of important design firsts and the pioneering way its creators forged an internationally recognised brand identity, the text is accompanied by Jane Magarigal’s striking and atmospheric photography which has never before been published.

From the network’s suburban expansion to Blitz bombing and Soviet adulation, this unusual and engaging volume celebrates what remains a magnificent engineering and aesthetic achievement while providing a warm and affectionate if slightly elegiac portrait of a London which is now gone for good.