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Reconstructing modernitySpace, power and governance in mid-twentieth century British cities$
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James Greenhalgh

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781526114143

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781526114143.001.0001

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The city and the suburban village

The city and the suburban village

(p.121) 3 The city and the suburban village
Reconstructing modernity

James Greenhalgh

Manchester University Press

This chapter is concerned with the ways in which functional models of community and sociability were being framed spatially in post-war Britain, focusing on the design and provision of housing on post-war housing estates like Manchester’s famous Wythenshawe estate as well as on Hull’s less famous examples. It argues that concerns about the nature of society were bound up in the designs and promotion of new housing schemes. The study of housing and community design functions as a lens through which historiographical concerns about modernity, consumerism and town planning might be analysed. The chapter examines the design of shopping centres to shed light upon the mechanisms of sociability and interaction that were being programmed into the design of housing, concluding that a combination of consumer habits, retailer opposition and planning naivety worked to reduce the effectiveness of the plans in producing functional estates.

Keywords:   Shopping centres, Community, Neighbourhoods, Housing, Estates

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