Brown, Neave (11 of 19). National  Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    2013-12-07, 2013-12-14, 2014-02-08, 2014-03-08, 2014-03-15, 2014-03-29, 2014-04-26, 2014-07-27, 2014-08-10, 2014-08-17, 2014-12-06

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    Interviewee's home, London

  • Interviewees

    Brown, Neave (1929-) (speaker,  male)

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    Franklin, Geraint (speaker, male)

  • Abstract

    Part 11: Remarks on Merlin Evans, and relationship with daughter EE. EE’s winning competition entry for [Lincoln Civic Centre] and partnership with David Shalev. Comments on partnership of Evans & Shalev and their architectural approach. Appearance of EE. Mentions stays in houses of EE, JM and SS, after break-up of first marriage. [00:07:40] Description of model making in Camden, model maker Mr Salter; mentions model of Alexandra Road scheme. Use of models in committee meetings. Other architects make models as part of design process. Brief description of model making studio. [00:13:28] Comments on presentations to Camden housing committee, which took place in Camden Town Hall (extension designed by John Green). Comparison with presenting school designs to Middlesex [Education] Committee. Observations on public-sector clients. Element of conflict between interests of architect, client and contractor. [00:25:15] Remarks on use of direct labour and maintenance of housing by local authorities.

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