Maguire, Robert (15 of 19) National Life Story Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Maguire, Robert, 1931 (speaker, male)

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    Sandino, Linda (speaker, female)

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    Part 15: Description of problems associated with valuing the price of shareholdings on retirement of M and Co directors. Advantages of being a limited liability company explained. House hunting with AWM and step-sons; reasons for looking 'below' the Chilterns; finding South Weston. Description of Gilbert Sheedy, stained glass artist, former owner of South Weston cottage, his lack of architectural sensitivity; extensive grounds and potential of house clear to RM. Area of outstanding natural beauty but no planning difficulties encountered. Detailed description of RM's extensions and layout of house. Comments on advantages of separation of family and guest bedrooms at different ends of the house. Christopher Alexander's and Serge Chermayeff's theory [in 'Community and Privacy'] about family living and privacy described. Anecdote about visit of Matthew, wife and baby happily accommodated in South Weston house because of its plan. Read A and C book before moving to South Weston. Description of RM's theory about visual perception: example of symbolic 'seeing' such as seen on television make-over programmes and in postmodernist architecture; RM's facility/gift in seeing and understanding architectural plans; RM's visual in-sight about buildings.

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