Bor, Walter (16 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 16: Walter Bor [WB] Sees Milton Keynes as his most important planning work. In partnership with Development Corporation , Lord Campbell, local council, special advisers and Chief Executive, Walter Ismay. New approach to planning with built-in flexibility. Patrick Geddes. Other sub-contractors including Pevsner on historic buildings. Original idea of new town came from chief architect of Bucks, Fred Pooley. Mono-rail system, with stations as centres of communities. Grid system for roads with separate network for pedestrians and cyclists. Pooley very persuasive but drawbacks. Reference to Runcorn figure eight bus system. No real budget constraints, much of finance from private sector. Economic adviser was Professor Nat Lichfield. Consultation with locals and incomers, compares this with overspill town of Bletchley. Attraction of lower house prices and Open University which became based at MK instead of Reading. Negative media attitude to MK and Channel 4 interview with WB on MK’s twenty fifth anniversary.

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