Dominic writes to his friends [23.8.2002]: I don’t know if you caught this excellent call for essayists. I am sure that you all have powerful and important things to say about ‘human conveyance devices’, as the advert so elegantly puts it.
Call for Essayists
The National Building Museum, a private, non-profit educational institution dedicated to exploring and celebrating architecture, design, engineering, construction, and urban planning, is currently producing an exhibition and catalog titled “Up, Down, Across: Elevators, Escalators, and Moving Sidewalks.” We are seeking two essayists for the catalog who can write about the social, cultural, and/or architectural impact of these human conveyance devices. There are two suggested topics for which we would like to receive essays:
A Timeline of Human Conveyance in Film and Television; using the two media discuss how close confines and vertical movement create a unique social sphere in which the opportunities for interaction are unlimited. Human Conveyance’s Impact on Urban Design; what elevators, escalators, and moving sidewalks have meant, and will mean to urban planning and designWe would, however, also consider other topics on the subject. If you are interested, please submit a one-page description of your proposed essay to the email address below by September 10, 2002. The essayists will receive compensation and have their work published in a museum catalog that will be distributed worldwide.