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A Thematic Analysis of the Work of Tayler and Green, Architects, 1938-1973

Part 1 Dissertation 2000
Rachel Elliott
Mackintosh School of Architecture | UK
A survey of the domestic architecture designed by the partnership of Herbert Tayler and David Green, whose rural public housing was so successful and admired particularly in the 1950s. The dissertation invesigates the reasons for the success of their housing and for their radical reappraisal of rural council housing. It also pursues the question of their success in place-making in the rural environment and suggests the lessons to be learned from this today. It also examines the reasons for the success of the partnership's one notable pre-war work, the Duke's Head Yard Studio in Highgate.
Rachel Elliott

This dissertation on the architecture of Tayler & Green was the best of this year's offerings at the Mackintosh School and it particularly impressed our external examiner, Peter Inskip. It is a first class piece of work, well and clearly written, which combines research with architectural analysis. That is, it is a combination of (recent) architectural history with the insights offered by architectural education and therefore seems to me to be a model of what a dissertation in a school of architecture should be. Besides, the subject is interesting and worthwhile - and its choice reflects the student's own enthusiasms. Although the subject of Tayler & Green's architecture was covered by Alan Powers in the exhibition and the accompanying publication to which Rachel Elliott refers in her own statement, new insights and interpretations are offered here..

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