Powell, Sir Philip. (14 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 14. Philip Powel [PP] continues to talk about Expo 70 design in Japan. The four 'boxes'. They were next to the Russian Pavilion but PP never saw the finished and functioning Expo. Had some idea of other pavilions from models. Used Japanese contractors who were very good. Story of contractors who were nasty to Americans and nice to the British pavilion was ready on time and was done on cost. The budget was about £800,000. Had to make allowances for earthquakes and explains condition of site. Discussion on use of materials, British and Japanese and helpful contractors who were Japanese but with British connections. PP's company was appointed to build Bonn Embassy which fell through and the Tokyo Embassy which was also not built but they finally got the conference centre which they worked on with Japanese contractors (Takaki). Explains security checks before being allowed to design embassies and gives details of the actual questioning. Relationship to parents and their death - PP more affected by death of brother and sister and Moya. More about his brother as architect and why they split up. Explains why he belongs to EXIT society. Why they got another GLC job even though brother was architect there. Built Manor School and housing next to it - using only one tower block because of necessity and otherwise 4 storey and two storey houses.

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