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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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The Strand and New Quay looking towards the Royal Liver Building and docks, Liverpool

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Construction workers erecting the steel frame of the I. E. M. C. factories at Knowsley, Lancashire

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Construction worker pulling drainage pipes on a wheelbarrow during the construction of the I. E. M. C. factories at Knowsley, Lancashire

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Declining industrial landscape, Barton Power Station, Eccles

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Remnants of a bygone industrial age

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Alma Inn and graffiti, Main Street, Shildon

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov. The Alma Inn is now called the Timothy Hackworth.

Workers' housing, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, with Dunston Power Station behind

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Workers' housing, County Durham

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Children posing for the photographer against the backdrop of workers' housing and industrial cooling towers, Teeside

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Team Valley Industrial Estate, Gateshead, Tyne & Wear: the football pitch

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Factory unit, Stephenson Industrial Estate, Washington New Town, Tyne & Wear

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Advance cable manufacturers, Stephenson Industrial Estate, Washington New Town, Tyne & Wear

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Handlers having a cup of tea in the out-dated storage area of a depot

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Forklift truck operator moving palletted goods in a Sainsbury's supermarket depot

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Sainsbury's supermarket depot

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

A warehouse with mechanized storage systems

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Managers discussing the motorized scooter for moving around the warehouse with forklift truck operator looking on

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

School boy in a dilapidated storage shed being cheeky to the photographer

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NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 3: Town Workshop' in Architectural Review, vol. 146, 1969 Nov.

Masters and Harrovians leaving Old Schools, Harrow School, 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.
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