This talk will examine the evolution of the Oxford Road corridor in the years after 1945. A series of masterplans were produced from 1945-1967 by a number of different architectural practices and in close consultation with city officers and officials. Each successive plan had its own focus that was reflective of planning policy and theory as it changed with rapidity in the post-war years. Through the built, unbuilt and partially constructed edifices of these plans Richard will show how aesthetic and policy combined in the production of social space in an era of technological progress.
Richard Brook is a Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Architecture. His research is primarily concerned with post-war British architecture and planning and the results of policy implementation on the ground. He is particularly interested in the renewal cities of the north of the UK and the politics and processes of land assembly and comprehensive development in the 1960s. He is an advisor to the Manchester Modernist Society and an active member of the Twentieth Century Society. In recent years, with Dr. Martin Dodge, he has curated an exhibition and convened a symposium to further explore Post-War Manchester.