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Sound Archive
Level: Fonds
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Title: Harlow Project; an Architect's Reminiscences
Speaker(s): Graham, John
Date of recording: February 1987
Addl.documentation: Note
Length of tape: 7 minutes
Depositor: BBC Essex
Restrictions: BBC
Synopsis of tape: Work in Architect's Department of Harlow Development Corporation since 1952; early interest in New Towns when attracted by idealism after the destruction suffered during war; influence of Frederick Gibberd, Master Planner of Harlow; opportunities to experiment with designs; first residence in Stowe Neighbourhood Centre; pioneer feeling; entertainments; temporary cinema, theatre in Community Hall, music groups, lectures by famous architects; inaccessibility of London resulting in greater sense of local identity; most satisfying architectural projects - open shopping precincts in old town and Harvey Centre in new town; loss of country town image through density of building; hope for next 40 years include preservation of identity and recapturing of former idealism, as this leads to greater achievement.
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Subjects New Towns Harlow Project; an Architect's Reminiscences 1987
Document Types Sound recording Harlow Project; an Architect's Reminiscences 1987