Evanescent Landscape: Terraced Houses

World Of Wedgwood

By the mid 18th century, as archaeological discoveries were being excavated at the Roman cities of Herculaneum and Pompeii, Classical influence began to be absorbed into many aspects of design and architecture. Many manufacturers including Josiah Wedgwood satisfied the demand for these fashions, that were often influenced by romantic representations of the ruin and picturesque decay as a result of the Grand Tour.

Juree Kim revisits these historic themes through a contemporary lens, but her concerns are for less exotic architectural reference points. Pioneer industrialists such as Wedgwood, Spode and Minton were responsible for accommodating their workforce in purpose built housing, with the belief that ‘well-housed workers produced better work’. The rows of terraced houses linked intrinsically to the Middleport Pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, typify the style of houses built for pottery workers in the nineteenth century. Those which have not been demolished or modernised for residential purposes, are planned to be re-developed as a community-focused heritage centre. Through her response, Kim draws attention to the paradoxes of regeneration and the displacement of community through ‘urban cleansing’.