Interfaces. Die Banklobby in der amerikanischen Nachkriegsmoderne

Author(s): Koehler, Maren


This article investigates the architectural changes of the lobby – considered as a technology of mediation – within bank buildings in the post-war United States. It focuses on two phenomena that transformed the design of bank buildings and appeared simultaneously: firstly the pre-automation of the bank-customer contact through the use of mechanical devices and secondly the expansion of the banking lobby from a rather secluded to an open and informal interior design, offering a more personal setting. In both cases, the interplay between architecture, furnishings, technical equipment and trained bank employees form an ‹interface› reconfiguring the relations between the bank and the public.

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Koehler, Maren: Interfaces. Die Banklobby in der amerikanischen Nachkriegsmoderne. In: Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft, Jg. 7 (2015), Nr. 1, S. 44-54. DOI: 10.25969/mediarep/1396.
 author = {Koehler, Maren},
 title = {Interfaces. Die Banklobby in der amerikanischen Nachkriegsmoderne},
 year = 2015,
 doi = {10.25969/mediarep/1396},
 volume = 7,
 address = {Zürich},
 journal = {Zeitschrift für Medienwissenschaft},
 number = 1,
 pages = {44--54},
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