Bor, Walter (28 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 28: Walter Bor [WB] Recap of his work history from training in Prague to course at UC. Decision to develop his town planning rather than architectural side. Quick promotion in LCC as Deputy Planning Officer. Development of high building policy. His years at Liverpool. Appointed by Sir Keith Joseph to Planning Advisory Committee. Advocated the two level approach. Royal Town Planning Institute’s closed shop attitude to multidisciplinary approach to planning and defeat of the avant-garde. Problems relating to idea of Unitary Development Plan and Strategic Plan. Must be complementary rather than against each other. Joined partnership. Wanting to teach and become involved with Third World. Problems of rural migration into cities and sustainability. His involvement in new towns in China and Canada, Milton Keynes, compares earlier new towns. Idea of a green city, an exemplary development. Attractive for inward investment, thriving Japanese and Hong Kong communities. Sees MK as a one-off. NIMBY and single issue pressures. Architects’ view of city planning as architecture. Open enemies throughout his career. Importance of sustainable development, conservation of energy and resources. His father’s attitude to waste. The Severn Barrage and advocates of nuclear power, ignoring decommissioning

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