Brown, Neave (12 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 12: Remarks on being taught structures by SA at AA and NB’s dyslexia. Comments on BH and his work: mentions Roehampton estate. General remarks on NB’s architectural affinities, and discomfort with Corbusian planning. Continuities with past in modernist literature [00:11:21] Remarks on learning at LIE office, a ‘wonderful training ground’. Mentions teaching evenings at RSP at request of Joe Mayo. Working with final year students on their theses. Importance of participation and engagement in teaching. Remarks on age of students. Description of NB’s own experience as AA student. Self-reliance of NB’s AA group, routine of group working at home. Many RSP students working in private practice during day. Compares AA with the polytechnics; post-war attitudes to modernism. [00:23:18] Remarks on AA principal Michael Pattrick. [Background noise from 00:25:10]. Mentions involvement on AA Council, and NB’s roles of assistant chairman and vice president. [Interruption at 00:26:53]. [00:27:19] NB member of AA Council during period of proposed merger with Imperial College. Remarks on AA’s institutional independence. [00:33:15] Alvin Boyarsky [AB] the major influence on teaching at the AA; later left for Chicago. Comments on AB’s character, qualities as teacher and relations with AA Council. Mentions teaching with DG under AB. [00:42:00] Comments on attitudes of Cedric Price and Archigram group, introduced to AA as teachers by AB. Remarks on Charlie Jencks [Charles Jencks] and Reyner Banham’s critique of Alexandra Road. General remarks on teaching at AA under AB.

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