Originally published in 1986 Holford is not just a biography of a major architect, planner and civic designer. In describing the life and times of the man, the authors provide a fascinating analysis of the developments in British architecture and planning from the 1930s to the 1970s. The book explains the story of a wartime policies for post-war reconstruction and examines policies which have had a major influence on the shaping of modern towns and cities. Holford’s involvement in planning in the post-war period shows how gradually the concept of ‘civic design’ has been discarded to the detriment of the urban landscape. His position in the thick of development conflicts, such as that of Piccadilly, have much to tell us about the workings of developers and planning authorities, and the failings of the planning system in the pressures for growth in the 1960s. In this key period of British architectural and planning history, Holford was a leading actor, and describing his role the book provides a very readable account of a little explored area.
Part I: The Making of an Architect
Part II: A Promising Career
4. Liverpool Again
5. Architecture writ Large
Part III: The New Town Planning
7. The Ministry of Town and Country Planning
Part IV: Principles and Practice
8. Making Plans
9. Testing Times
Part V: A Very Public Life
10. The Committee Man
11. The Architect and his Office
12. The Latter Days
Part VI: Holford in Perspective
13. A Backward Glance
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