Powell, Sir Philip. (3 of 20). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Interviewees

    Powell, Sir Philip, 1921-2003 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise, (speaker, female)

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    Part 3. Philip Powel [PP] explains how it came about that the 3 of them (Moya and Margaret Taylor) worked together - and why they concentrated on housing. At the time they were living in communal housing in Barnet, later near Earls Court. PP got married in 1953. Describes envounter with the law because of 'mixed housing' and how they solved it with the help of a barrister and he describes some of the complicated relationships during their shared housing times. PP talks about the war and how it affected him - also absence of brother in India and sister (now married) in Scotland. PP explains the reasons for his enjoyment in the combined work on the A.A. project and then talks about the 2 competitions which were available, Crystal Palace and Pimlico. He and Moya entered the Pimlico competition. PP now explains the demands of the Pimlico competition - on a bombed site and with high density housing and a river frontage. He explains their approach to the plan. Highrise housing mixed with smaller domestic scale. They used concrete construction with brick facing and paint which was a departure from present day tradition. Westminster Council looked after the buildings very well.

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