Bor, Walter (23 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 23: Walter Bor [WB] Feasibility study for airport city near Toronto but project did not proceed. Attractions of Canada, combining better features of USA and European tradition. Problems of French Canada. The Caribbean and tourism study for St Vincent. Helpful meeting with charismatic prime minister . produced a ground-breaking approach, reconciling tourism and influx of foreign capital with improving opportunities for local people. Constant monitoring and introduction of ecological perspectives. Planning for tourism in Mustique – infestation of mosquitos. Virgin landscape, comprehensive approach. Princess Margaret and Oliver Messel. WB and family visit to island. His near-death experience on grass air-strip. Visit to North Island in New Zealand and bid for new town on South Island, details. Advised that project unlikely to succeed. Their London practice joined up with major practice in Sydney, Australia on planning of new city, Albury-Wodonga. Withdrew from this. R L-D, a visionary, powerful intellect, built up an empire. His later compulsion to demolish this edifice, psychological explanation. Death from Hepatitis B. WB unaffected as not in competition, continued to travel, still a workaholic. Approached by UNDP (Development Programme) for project in Nicosia, Cyprus.

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