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An architectural contemplation of a town, the thesis sets out to perform a critical investigation into Rugeley, Staffordshire; a treatise on what makes it tick, while employing the narrative device of the Robinsonade to blend the phenomenological with reality.


Essentially, this paper forms a context study by way of a deep historical cut. Its underlying purpose is to discover a means to allow qualitative value to be seen in new architecture, and to discover a meaningful framework for building culturally significant, identity laden public projects in the area. However, at a higher level, this essay theorises that the long-term development of the town’s built environment is related to four elements: work, labour, ritual and cultural value.

Murray Fraser

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Robinson (Almost) in Rugeley

John Cruwys

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