Bor, Walter (27 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 27: Walter Bor [WB] Lead-up to Velvet Revolution. Describes historic Prague. Chief architect, Oberstein, wanted strategic plan for renewal of city. Endless reports but no overall strategy. Election of new city council and mayor Jan Kasal adopted the plan ensuring implementation. Two year programme of seminars and reports by Anglo-Czech team, supported by British Know-How Fund. Need for competition so firm of Halcrows also approached. Report by Milan Turba gave commission to WB’s firm where he is a consultant, project going well. His involvement now on diminishing scale. No Czech concept of urban design only of urbanism. Compares UK. His swan song.

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