Erskine, Ralph. (2 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives
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1997-01-23 to 1997-01-24
Interviewee's home, Drottningholm, Sweden.
Erskine, Ralph, 1914-2005 (speaker, male)
Lever, Jill, (speaker, female)
Part 2: Ralph Erskine's [RE] sympathy with Quaker views, and with similar views found in Sweden; description of the school at Saffron Waldon and its ethos. RE's admission to Regent Street Polytechnic to study surveying, and change to the architecture course; discussion of career at RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects); presence of Gordon Cullen, Jack Howe and Reg Butler at the Polytechnic; remarks on RE's contribution to the competition for Monument to the Unknown Political Prisoner; description of the course at the Polytchnic, and comparison of Polytchnic with Architectural Association. Discussion of modernist architectural aesthetics, functionalism and concern for the community; description of the influence of Tecton and Berthold Lubetkin on students; remarks on the Weissenhof estate, Stuttgart, and Le Corbusier.