Modernity, Tradition and the Design of the 'Industrial Village' of Dormanstown 1917-1923

Buckley, Cheryl (2010) Modernity, Tradition and the Design of the 'Industrial Village' of Dormanstown 1917-1923. Journal of Design History, 23 (1). pp. 21-41. ISSN 0952-4649

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This article examines the design of the working-class home in Britain between 1917 and 1923 by focusing on Dormanstown, a model ‘industrial village’ built in the north-east of England by the steel manufacturer, Dorman, Long and Co. Ltd. The article considers how, as the State's involvement in the provision of housing in Britain gathered pace, the working-class home was at the intersection of narratives of tradition and modernity that shaped not only the design of the home but also the lives of its inhabitants. The industrial village of Dormanstown was designed by the nationally renowned partnership of Stanley Adshead (1868–1946), Stanley Ramsey (1882–1968) and Patrick Abercrombie (1879–1957). Ostensibly using traditional design elements: Beaux Arts planning for the town's layout and neo-Georgian design for the housing, Dormanstown was also unusually modern owing to the open-plan forms and new technologies deployed in the materials and construction of the Dorlonco houses.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1920s, Great Britain, modernity, technology, tradition, workers’ housing
Subjects: K100 Architecture
W100 Fine Art
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Arts
Depositing User: Ellen Cole
Date Deposited: 08 May 2012 15:39
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:42

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