Architecture is more central to the cinema of David Lynch than that of any other film-maker, and now a book finally exists that not only grasps architecture's significance for Lynch but shows that it is impossible to understand these films without a thorough knowledge of the role that architecture plays in them. Martin's book is godsend for anyone with even a passing interest in David Lynch or the relationship between architecture and cinema. He bombards us with insight after insight. -- Todd McGowan, University of Vermont, USA In this important and original study Richard Martin explores connections between the cinema of David Lynch and a series of distinctive urban spaces, drawing on insights from architectural history, cultural geography and contemporary film theory. -- Matthew Gandy, University College London, UK While David Lynch's admirers have long marvelled at his talents as an engineer of atmosphere, the director's architectural thinking has not received the scholarly attention it deserves. The Architecture of David Lynch is thus a welcome study. Brimming with insight and intelligence, this book inhabits the obsessive spatial topoi of Lynch's films, and finds there the traces of history. In Martin's fascinating account, Lynch's moody architecture is a way of engaging modernity's built environments through the kinds of spaces that only cinema can fashion. -- Justus Nieland, Michigan State University, USA
About the Author
Richard Martin completed his PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, having previously worked at the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE). He has taught at Birkbeck, Middlesex University and Tate Modern.