Drew, Jane. (6 of 9). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1995-05-20 to 1995-05-21

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    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Drew, Jane, 1911- (speaker, female), Mitton, Oriana (speaker, female)

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    Garlake, Margaret (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Discussion of symbolism of Chandigarh monuments (comparison with hidden rivers of London); anecdote concerning Ritz Hotel, London, in wartime; wind cooling towers in Egypt; conference at Miami. Discussions of wind cooling, stabilised earth construction in Australia, natural methods of cooling. Maxwell Fry's work in West Africa (including preservation of forts in Ghana). JD's kitchen designs and book on kitchens; visit to Tennessee Valley and its influence on work at Chandigarh; her acceptance of post with Fry in West Africa. Discussion of collaborative work and need for mutual criticism. JD's work in Iran, including conference of women architects, and intervention of US President Richard Nixon. Description of Emir of Kano's harem. Anecdote concerning experiences with children during Second World War.

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