Erskine, Ralph. (12 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1997-01-23 to 1997-01-24

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    Interviewee's home, Drottningholm, Sweden.

  • Interviewees

    Erskine, Ralph, 1914-2005 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lever, Jill, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 12: Remarks on timber sheathing at Byker, and Ralph Erskine's [RE] designs for schools, pubs and shops; the social importance of corner shops. Discussion of choices for locations of shops and school at Resolute Bay, Canada, and consultation with residents (Inuit / Eskimos) over planning questions; remarks on consultations over planning of Frescati University Library. Remarks on lack of vandalism at Byker; discussion of planting and of residents' gardening at Byker, and of co-operation with Per Gustavson, landscape architect; remarks on later condition of Byker housing, and of local Travellers' (Gypsy) site; remarks on effect of changes in local politics of Newcastle. Discussion of design competition for Frescati University Library.

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