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  • Designing the Welfare State: Design and the Public Realm in Britain 1945-70

Pavitt, Jane, Conference or Workshop, Designing the Welfare State: Design and the Public Realm in Britain 1945-70 at Department of Architecture Public Lecture Series, University of Hong Kong, 24 April 2015.

Abstract or Description:

This research paper examined ways in which design and architecture were utilised in the creation of the British Welfare State after 1945, and through the period of political consensus until the 1970s. It explored how far ideas of scientific rationalism, technocracy and ‘systems thinking’ underpinned design in the service of health, housing and education during this period; what forms of ‘experimental’ thinking were applied, and to what end. In particular, it considered how architecture and design interacted with the cultures of expertise (in planning, policy and science, for example) shaping the postwar public realm. The paper is part of an ongoing research enquiry into the design, built and material cultures of the Welfare state system.

Subjects: Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V360 History of Architecture
Other > Historical and Philosophical studies > V300 History by topic > V370 History of Design
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2016 16:22
Last Modified: 16 Dec 2016 16:22
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/2556

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