Architecture

Drew, Jane. (2 of 9). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    0:31:31

  • Shelf mark

    C467/03

  • Subjects

    Architecture

  • Recording date

    1995-05-20 to 1995-05-21

  • Recording locations

    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Drew, Jane, 1911- (speaker, female), Mitton, Oriana (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Garlake, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 2: Discussion of Jane Drew's [JD] adoption of modernism and the social significance of architecture, influence of Lewis Mumford. Comparison of JD's work with Maxwell Fry's. JD's wish to work with Le Corbusier; comments on CIAM (Congres International d'Architecture Moderne). Problems of concrete construction; need for materials which age well, importance of permanence; use of colour in Africa. Discussion of Denys Lasdun's National Theatre, London. Abortive scheme for ICA (Institute of Contemporary Arts) building on South Bank, London; support of Sir Isaac Hayward and Leslie Martin. JD's work on the ICA site at Carlton House Terrace, London, with help of Robert Maxwell, Thomas Ballogh (Lord Ballogh) and Henry Moore; her appointment to Open University through Arnold Goodman (Lord Goodman). Discussion of design principles and the provision of social and environmental facilities. JD's work as Chandigarh: Jawarhalal Nehru's opinion of it, integration of street furniture and housing. Description of Le Cobusier's attitude to women and children; relations between JD, Maxwell Fry and Corbusier; Corbusier's liking for the work of Edwin Lutyens at New Delhi. JD's designs for housing at Tanys Dell, Harlow New Town; her opinion of Frederick Gibberd. Discussion of architects as patrons of other artists; work with Fry for Pilkington's, with participation of Victor Pasmore; Fry's patronage of Hans Feibusch.

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