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Devon | Dartington Hall Trust | Estate Framework March 2017

Studio Partington were asked to lead development of the Estate Framework, the Trust's high-level plan that will support future decision-making about the use of land and buildings at Dartington. Hundreds of people who care about Dartington attended a series of Open Space public meetings from November 2015-January 2016 to discuss 'What Could Dartington Be?'.

Dartington is many things to many people but one aim underpins everything. And that’s how the estate is used to stimulate new thinking and action to help develop a more sustainable, more just and more enriching world. In this, very little has changed since Dorothy and Leonard Elmhirst bought this estate in 1925 and embarked on what they called the Dartington Experiment to regenerate a rural community.


We’ve used many of these ideas to develop a new long-term vision for Dartington as a laboratory for living and learning with the purpose of pioneering deep personal and societal change.


Dartington Estate Framework Key Principals:

  1. Create places for exchange

  2. Build an integrated community that offers a ‘many-sided approach to livelihood

  3. Work with nature

  4. Joy of the new and reverence for the old

  5. Be a place of experimentation