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Tayler and Green #5 – A Thirty-Year Partnership

Towards the end of the war most district councils were planning major house-building programmes, but Loddon Rural District Council had begun to do so much earlier, under powers for slum-clearance granted by the by 1936 Housing Act, with the intention … Continue reading

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Tayler & Green #4 – Coming Home

After the early acclaim for Kings Head Yard, the real world intruded rapidly on Tayler and Green’s career. In 1941 they left London for Norfolk so David Green could help his father’s practice with reconstruction work after early bombing raids … Continue reading

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Tayler & Green #3 – Early Success

When Tayler and Green arrived at the Architectural Association in 1929 the writings of le Corbusier and other continental modernists were well known in Britain, but there were hardly any buildings in the country which demonstrated the flat-roofed planar aesthetic … Continue reading

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Tayler & Green #2 – Solid Foundations

Tayler and Green first met when the two young men joined the same intake at the Architectural Association in London in 1929. Herbert Tayler arrived from Shrewsbury School, though he was born in Java and lived there until he was … Continue reading

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Tayler & Green #1 – Hidden Treasure

If you live in Loddon, or any of its neighbouring villages, you will be almost certainly be familiar with the work of Tayler and Green: short runs of mid-C20th terraced houses, with low-pitched roofs, often in pastel-painted brick, sometimes with … Continue reading

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Coming Soon: Tayler & Green

Regular readers will know I am a bit of a Tayler and Green fan. I have mentioned them in passing previously (here for instance, or here) but spurred on by the success of Professor Alan Powers’ talk at the Festival … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Competitions #2 – Lawrenny, Pembrokshire

The second of the two competitions I wanted to mention was also run with help from the RIBA Competitions Service, and followed a year or so after the Elmswell competition (see previous post). Like Elmswell, the competition to extend the … Continue reading

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A Tale of Two Competitions #1: Clay Fields

When I started writing Ruralise I had a list of things I wanted to cover. I thought it would be good for a few months, but as it’s turned out it’s taken me over a year to get the last … Continue reading

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Blink and You’ve Missed It!

Talking again, as I was in the previous post, about special and normal buildings, this might be the time to mention a Lucas Hickman Smith project that I’ve been meaning to write about since I joined the practice almost a … Continue reading

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Normal…or Just Mediocre?

An interesting piece in BD this week by Owen Hatherley in their ‘Opinion’ slot, touching on the special/normal issue that I’ve come back to repeatedly on Ruralise (start here if you’re interested). ‘Every generation’ Hatherley notes ‘ manages to get … Continue reading

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