Figure 2.29 Swing Time (1936, George Stevens), United Artists, Director, Carrol Clarke

There can be little doubt that the three-dimensional creativity that characterizes architecture from building is signified by the design skill displayed when handling staircases.

A philosophic debate on whether stairs should have central or peripheral status cannot be concluded with a handful of examples. Further case studies are given at the end of the volume with the argument developed in differing directions.

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