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Lavish, visionary architecture puts the user in the driving seat

Just when the motor car has finally fetched up at the OK Corral, forced into a dead or alive shoot out with 10,000-shot computerised speed cameras, inflatable sleeping policemen, astronomical petrol prices and zero-tolerance speed cops, along comes a stack of books dealing with car architecture as though it were the most normal thing in the world. Now that they are closing down in their thousands it is suddenly OK to open the gates of art history to the petrol stations, multistorey ...

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