Bor, Walter (15 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 15: Walter Bor [WB] Had established good planning team but wanted more involvement and to teach. Responsibility now to build up planning practice. Pitched into planning new city in Venezuela where learnt a lot about Third World and migration into city. Venezuelans negative about planning of Cuidad Losada, part of sub-regional plan. Plan for city of 400,000 with zones for ‘ranchos’.Approached by Development Corporation of Milton Keynes under chairmanship of Lord Campbell for most challenging job in UK. Competition from other well-known architects. Design for new city of 250,000 people . Highly accessible site on A5 between London and Birmingham. Partnership aided by Professor Mel Webber from Berkeley who envisaged change from industrial production to IT. Firm produced carefully drafted plan as most appropriate response. Three other partners in firm, Llewellyn--Davies, John Weeks, Gwent Forestier-Walker.