Article published in Anuari de l’Agrupació Borrianenca de Cultura Revista de recerca humanística i científica (ISSN 1130-4235), 26, pp. 63-72.
Like other European countries, Britain faced the depression caused by World War II during the 1940s and 50s. This led to political decisions that reflected complete faith in architects, who were considered to be the professional link between governmental aims and social needs. Two important cases are analyzed in this paper: the New Towns, which changed the map of Britain, and the Plateglass Universities, which gave the British middle classes easier access to higher education. In the current crisis, these approaches are of strategic interest for present and future architecture.