Bor, Walter (19 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 19: Walter Bor [WB]Elected to Council of Town Planning Institute with Arthur Ling, Colin Buchanan and Leslie Lane. Institute needed to change. Most planners in public sector, acted more as development controllers not recognising multi-disciplinary nature of planning. Public meeting where all but WB voted off Council. Leading planners sidelined but continued the fight throughout the 1960s. 1970/71 WB became President of Council. New holistic concept of planning, proactive rather than reactive, team work essential, look forward and outward. After years of vacillation, Institute now moving in this direction. This year celebrates fifty years of Town and Planning Act. Office in Fitzroy Square close to Institute – depleted staff and incompetent secretary so a lot of Institute work done by the practice. WB, a workaholic. Repeat performance of post-war period. Marriage going downhill, Glenys completely dependent, insufficient inner resources. Move to Swain’s Lane, Highgate. Planning and building of the seven houses under architects Haxworth and Kasabov. Glenys’s affair with potter, Nick Cousins, led to divorce. Kathy now at Sussex University. Son David and the boarding school episode. Lover moved into house while WB at Princeton, involving David in the affair. Personality of David, expelled from school, contracted ME, drifted then took up interior decoration. Later went to Art School and now specialises in computer art. Divorce and financial implications.