The Factory in a Garden: A History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial to the Digital Age - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)
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The Factory in a Garden: A History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial to the Digital Age - Studies in Design and Material Culture (Hardback)

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Hardback 280 Pages / Published: 16/02/2017
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When we think about Victorian factories, 'Dark Satanic Mills' might spring to mind - images of blackened buildings and exhausted, exploited workers struggling in unhealthy and ungodly conditions. But for some employees this image was far from the truth, and this is the subject of 'The Factory in a Garden' which traces the history of a factory gardens movement from its late-eighteenth century beginnings in Britain to its twenty-first century equivalent in Google's vegetable gardens at their headquarters in California. The book is the first study of its kind examining the development of parks, gardens, and outdoor leisure facilities for factories in Britain and America as a model for the reshaping of the corporate environment in the twenty-first century. This is also the first book to give a comprehensive account of the contribution of gardens, gardening and recreation to the history of responsible capitalism and ethical working practices.

Publisher: Manchester University Press
ISBN: 9781784993009
Number of pages: 280
Weight: 680 g
Dimensions: 240 x 170 x 25 mm


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'These gardens have not been much studied, so that Helena Chance's The Factory in a Garden: a History of Corporate Landscapes from the Industrial to the Digital Age comes as a welcome addition to the garden library. Chance covers the period from Robert Owen in the early 19th century to the carefully designed office gardens of today but she majors on two sites: Bournville, the landscape and village surrounding the Cadbury chocolate factory near Birmingham in the UK, and the National Cash Register Company's complex in Dayton, Ohio. This is a formidable work of scholarship.' Richard Mawrey, Historic Gardens Review, No 44 'For those who studygarden and labor history, The Factory in a Garden is an interestingbook. By documenting the history of these spaces and theorizing about theirbenefits and the intentions of their creators, Chance has written a wonderfulwork that will be referenced by garden history and labor history scholars foryears to come.' Esther Jackson, NYBGPlant talk -- .

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