DP: Alex Hetherington
With thanks to Dean Swift, Kerry-Louise McIntosh, Alison Scott & Diane Scott-Telford.
Are you going my way? is an ongoing research project supported by Rhubaba. The project focuses on the post-war New Town initiative in Scotland, particularly my hometown of Livingston.
During a short window of socialist governance in the UK, the New Towns Act of 1946 responded to a housing crisis that had been amplified by the damage of the war. Six new towns were designated around Scotland, with five eventually realised. The legislation of the New Towns Act allowed for a new model of community & commercial development with increased legal powers and funding available for the development corporations specially assembled for each town. A 200-year project with a 30-year custodianship, the New Towns changed political hands several times over, funnelled through periods of conflicting housing policy strategies, and soon were placed, incomplete, back into the care of the local authority.
This project looks at the hopes and follies of the New Town initiative, the possibilities for the non-commercial corporation as a transformational guiding body, and what New Towns can teach us as we continue to face a housing crisis in Scotland’s contemporary political context.
A film and publication are forthcoming in 2022.