The first gasoline was sold in pharmacies–but this was to change in the 1950s. As the car experienced its great rise in popularity, gas stations began to pop up like mushrooms out of the ground. Futuristic and progressive, these modern temples of mobility became roadside reference points for young people hungry for independence, and to everyone who strove for a sense of freedom. It’s a Gas! explores the surprisingly diverse world of the gas station–a functional high-tech temple, a transit zone, a film set, a converted residence, or an abandoned ruin hidden in a backyard. The world of pumps is full of surprises, ready to be discovered in this book. The preface was written by US-American talkshow legend and passionate car collector Jay Leno. Sascha Friesike, Assistant Professor of Digital Innovation at VU University in Amsterdam and associated researcher at Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society Berlin, is the author of the crime series Grobmann und Pieper and photographer of gas stations.
About the Author
Sascha Friesike is an Assistant Professor for Digital Innovation at the VU University in Amsterdam. Before going to Amsterdam he was a professor for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Würzburg in Germany and a research coordinator at the Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society (HIIG) in Berlin. Sascha is an industrial engineer by training and holds a Ph.D. in technology management from the University of St.Gallen. He is interested in how technology can help in opening science and the role it can play in creative processes.
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