Bor, Walter (26 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 26: Walter Bor [WB] Meeting with Muriel who lived in Horsham, visiting each other at weekends. Lived separately due to work commitments until three years ago. Accident to elbow requiring complex operation. 1992 Conference on historic cities in Beijing. WB invited there to advise on development by architect Liu, accompanied by Muriel. Beijing - The Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and historic parks. Important to protect city from motor car, intervene before too late. Describes Beijing at threshold of development. (Reference to British Council lectures and tour of China in 1985, pre-Tienanmen Square). Worked hard on report for Liu and acceptance by mayor. Chinese Banquet. Funding required for feasibility study so ODA, World Bank and Asian Development Bank approached with no results. Project fell through, lost opportunity, Beijing now chaotic. Also failure in Schinzin in early 1980s. Details. Looks back at cities pre-Chinese Revolution. 1990, invited by chief architect to visit Prague, coinciding with pre-booked tour of Czechoslovakia.

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