On the Street

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There is a layer of the public architecture that has become so familiar that we barely notice it. Street furniture has the capacity to define a city, to locate it and to anchor us within it. Benches, bollards, streetlights, signs, barriers, post boxes, phone booths - they are the physical manifestation of public infrastructure, a network of goods between architecture and the body. In this book, Edwin Heathcote, architecture and design critic of the Financial Times, looks at the cultural impact of street furniture using photography as a measure of how these things have become indispensable components of the cityscape.