Staircases, as the architect Eva Jiricna writes in her book of the same title, are the products of the culture from which they spring, “reflecting the prevailing philosophies and symbolic languages, unveiling the talent and ingenuity of those who have created them.”
So what does the sad state of the modern office and apartment building staircase say about us?
-The Case for Prettier Staircases
[Photo: The staircase at Rødovre Town Hall, near Copenhagen, designed by the Danish architect Arne Jacobsen in the 1950’s. Courtesy Flickr/seier+seier]