Lasdun, Sir Denys and Gwynne, Patrick (1 of 2) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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  • Interviewees

    Lasdun, Sir Denis, 1914-2001 (speaker, male)

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    Powers, Alan, (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 1: [Interview with Sir Denys Lasdun about Wells Coates] Lasdun’s initial knowledge of Coates while student; writing of the Vigilantes in ‘Architectural Journal’ (John Betjemen, Kenneth Clark, Julian Huxley, Rebecca West, Charles Laughton, David Lowe, Henry Moore, John Piper, Herbert Read). Coates commitment to social improvement through design and technology. Coates’ relationship with Le Corbusier. Lasdun’s work on News Chronicle competition for school design in Coates’ office; work on Palace Gate flats. Coates’ attention to detail and acceptance of new methods and materials; his ingenuity in planning, concern with section in designs. Coates interest in the minimum dwelling; his relations with clients; personal manner; working methods; relations with clients; influence of industrial design on his architecture. Layout and working methods of Coates’ office; work on Embassy Court, Brighton; possible influence of Japan on his work. Coates as teacher; comments on Rodney Thomas, Alvar Aalto and CIAM (Congrès Internationaux d’Architecture Moderne); submission of plans by Coates for Cwmbran new town.

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