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Title: Prefabrication, aesthetics and the welfare state : the case for the post-war British public school
Authors: Bianco, Lino
Keywords: Education -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
School buildings -- Design and construction -- Great Britain
School buildings -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Malta Review of Educational Research
Citation: Bianco, L. (2013). Prefabrication, aesthetics and the welfare state: the case for the post-war British public school. Malta Review of Education Research, 7(1), 73-88
Abstract: The post Second World War welfare state in Britain was based on three pillars: housing, health and education. This paper focuses on education and critically reviews the post-war school building programme in Britain during the first decade following a publication by the Royal Institute of British Architects entitled New Schools, a milestone in school design in the British Isles. Introducing prefabrication in the design of public schools was the way forward to cater for the significantly large number of school spaces required within a short timeframe. As an effective solution to meet the government’s programme, a new aesthetic emerged associated with this mode of construction. These themes are investigated in this study, successes and limitations are identified, criticism levied and final comments put forth. Post-war public schools are a further development of the typology of educational buildings in Britain, a typology which although already present in Northern Europe, left its mark on British architectural history of the twentieth century. This development is an evolution resulting from an awareness of the revolution which industrialization had brought about on war machine production coupled with the emerging political ethic.
ISSN: 1726-9725
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