Thursday 11 March 2021, 6pm
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Boom Cities: Architect Planners and the Politics of Radical Urban Renewal in 1960s Britain

With Otto Saumarez Smith (University of Warwick)

This talk will cover a constellation of ideas about the radical renewal of the central areas of British cities in the 1960s. It is devoted to exploring the changes wrought on British city centres during that decade—a process with lasting repercussions for the built environment and for society more generally.

The talk will discuss how, around and about the pivotal date of 1963, various political cultures informed and interacted with the widespread ambition to totally reshape British city centres. Instead of focusing on the experience of any single city, or attempting to make a survey of all cities affected, the talk instead uncovers both the planning philosophy and the political, cultural, and legislative background that created the conditions for these processes to occur across the country.

Otto Saumarez Smith is Assistant Professor in Architectural History at the University of Warwick and a Trustee of the Twentieth Century Society.


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