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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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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.

Recreation time at a state secondary school

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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.

Children resting at Regent's Park day nursery, Camden, London

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Camden. Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: 'The Continuing Community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Signage at entrance to Glenfield Frith Primary School, Leicestershire

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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.

Children catching the school bus, Great Barton Primary Scool, West Suffolk

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West Suffolk. Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: 'The Continuing Community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Mothers waiting at the gate of a Victorian-built primary school

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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.

Children changing classrooms at a Victorian-built primary school

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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.

Fish-eye lens view of David Lister Comprehensive School, Hull

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Lyons Israel & Ellis
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: 'The Continuing Community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Crawshaw Secondary School, Stage 1, Pudsey, Leeds

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Gillinson Barnett & Partners
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 4: 'The Continuing Community' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Jan.

Crawshaw Secondary School, Stage 1, Pudsey, Leeds

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Gillinson Barnett & Partners
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

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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.

Children leaving school at home time, Merthyr Tydfil, Mid Glamorgan

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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.

The Board school and high-rise housing block overlooking the cleared site at Chatsworth, Liverpool

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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.

Bull Ring shopping centre, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar.

Juxtaposition of the old and the new in the city centre, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar.

Bull Ring shopping centre and market, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar. The Bull Ring shopping centre was designed by the Birmingham City Architects Department and built between 1961 and 1964. The inner ring road passing through the centre was constructed between 1967 and 1971.

Bull Ring shopping centre square, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar.

Fish-eye lens view of the Rotunda, Bull Ring, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar. The Bull Ring shopping centre was designed by the Birmingham City Architects Department and built between 1961 and 1964. The Rotunda was designed by James A. Roberts in 1964-1965.

Pedestrians queuing for the escalator from the Bull Ring to New Street, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar.

Pedestrians walking through the Bull Ring underpass, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 5: 'Religion and Environment' in Architectural Review, vol. 147, 1970 Mar.
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