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Manplan

RIBApix presents a series of features exploring the Architectural Review's radical assessment of the built environment at the end of the 1960s, MANPLAN.

Looking forward to the new decade ahead in the autumn of 1969 The Architectural Review (AR) paused to examine and evaluate state of the nation through its architecture and planning. This was by way of the publication of ‘Manplan’, a number of special editions of the AR focusing on topics ranging from housing to religion and how well these functioned within society. Manplan was not only a radical, sometimes brutal assessment of the built environment of the day, but today forms a poignant reminder of British life at the end of the sixties. Its stated intention was to take “as its yardstick real needs rather than minimum standards. Hence the title MANPLAN. A plan for human beings with a destiny rather than figures in a table of statistics.” (The Architectural Review, September 1969)

The first edition, Manplan 1, was published in September 1969 with the series ending a year later with Manplan 8. The intended Manplan 9 focusing on Leisure was never published, however the RIBA holds some of the photographer Patrick Ward’s contact sheets.

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Carruthers crane at AEI cable works, Northfleet

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Euston Station, Euston Road, London: approaching the basement level taxi pick up area

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Moorcroft, R. L.
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, Haarlemmermeer near Amsterdam: terminal waiting area

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Duintjer, Marius Frans (1908-1983)
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Factory and offices for British Holophane Company, Bond Avenue, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

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Gollins Melvin Ward & Partners
NOTES: This is one of the images collected for 'Manplan 3: Town workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov. Milton Keynes, which incorporated the existing towns of Bletchley, Wolverton and Stony Stratford along with another fifteen villages and farmland in between, was designated a new town in 1967 and planning control was thus taken from elected local authorities and delegated to the Milton Keynes Development Corporation (MKDC).

Recreation time at Credon Road School, Bermondsey, London

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: The continuing community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Crawshaw School, Pudsey, Leeds: housing seen from the playground

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: The continuing community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Collegiate Grammar School for Girls extension, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh: the staircase tower

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Shanks & Leighton
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: The continuing community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Silhouettes in classroom windows in a school in Wales

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: The continuing community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Design for the front cover of 'Manplan 1: Frustration' in Architectural Review, 1969 September

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 1: Frustration' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Sept.

Packed commuter train on the London Underground

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Pye radio telephones in use on the restoration of York Minster

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Standard Telephones' portable Starphone in use on the streets of London (claimed to be the world's smallest UHF radio telephone in 1969)

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Traffic on the A4 flyover, London

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Traffic warden using closed circuit television for traffic control at a difficult crossroads in the city centre, Durham

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Special crane to handle freight containers

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

The Barton High Level Bridge (now part of the M60) over the Manchester Ship Canal

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Looking along a canal towards Barton Village, Eccles

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Fishing on a canal with Barton Power Station, Eccles in the background

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Cast iron road bridge over a canal with paired locks with electrified railway line behind

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.

Unloading on the dockside, Liverpool

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 2: Society is its contacts (travel and communication)' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Oct.
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