Erskine, Ralph. (6 of 14). National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    1997-01-23 to 1997-01-24

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    Interviewee's home, Drottningholm, Sweden.

  • Interviewees

    Erskine, Ralph, 1914-2005 (speaker, male)

  • Interviewers

    Lever, Jill, (speaker, female)

  • Abstract

    Part 6: Discussion of planning to facilitate communication amongst members of particular groups within mixed communities, and relation to designs by Ralph Erskine [RE] for Kuwait and Holland; need to permit, not enforce, patterns of communication, and need for alternatives. Remarks on High-Tech architecture and on current developments in London, including Terry Farrell's Charing Cross Station. RE's design for indoor shopping centre, Lulea, Sweden, 1954-6, and remarks on similar centres in Canada; discussion of Ekero Centre, Tappstrom, and the political conflicts involved in its construction, the contractor's methods, and the responses of residents to it.

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