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Facade of the Palazzo Senatorioa, Piazza del Campidoglio, Capitoline Hill and cordonata, Rome

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Michelangelo (1475-1564)
NOTES: The design of the Piazza del Campidoglio which encompasses the Palazzo dei Conservatori and the Capitoline Museum was laid out by Michelangelo from 1536-1546, but not fully executed until the 17th century. He also designed the stepped ramp known as the cordonata (later modified by Giacomo della Porta in 1578) which leads up to the piazza from the via del Teatro di Marcello. The two giant statues of Castor and Pollux are also thought to be based on his designs. The Palazzo Senatorio was built during the 13th and 14th centuries.

St Paul's Cathedral, City of London: seen from Ludgate Hill with the corner of the Paternoster Square development on the left

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Wren, Sir Christopher (1632-1723)
NOTES: The Paternoster Square development was part of the post-war reconstruction of the City of London, particularly the area around St Paul's Cathedral (1675-1711 Wren), which had suffered extensive damage. The original masterplan, for a series of office blocks flanking the cathedral, was by Lord Holford and was completed in 1967.

National Congress buildings, Eixo Monumental, Brasilia: the Chamber of Deputies and the Towers of Congress

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Niemeyer, Oscar (1907-2012)
NOTES: The city of Brasilia was planned and developed in 1956 with Lucio Costa as chief urban planner and Oscar Niemeyer as principal architect. It formally became the capital of Brazil in 1960 and is the seat of all three branches of the Brazilian government. The National Congress buildings completed in 1958, comprise the Federal Senate, the Chamber of Deputies and the administrative twin Towers of Congress.

Sunderland Civic Centre

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Sir Basil Spence Bonnington & Collins

Hinksey Path, Lesnes, Thamesmead, Greenwich, London: children's playground

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Greater London Council. Department of Architecture & Civic Design
NOTES: This is one of the images taken for 'Manplan 8: Housing' in Architectural Review, vol. 148, September 1970. Thamesmead was planned in 1965-1966 as a new town on the riverside marshes of south-east London between Plumstead and Erith. It was scheduled for completion in 1974 but was never fully finished and the projected population of 60,000 for the new town was downgraded to 45,000 by the end of the 1970s. From then around 400 houses were being built annually and by 1982, the population stood at 20,000. Since 2014 the managment and regeneration of the area has come under the aegis of Peabody.

Bull Ring shopping centre, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department

Bull Ring shopping centre with the Rotunda under construction in the right background, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department
NOTES: 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.

Bull Ring shopping centre, Birmingham

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Birmingham. City Architects Department

Central Milton Keynes shopping centre, Buckinghamshire

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Milton Keynes Development Corporation. Architects Department
NOTES: 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).
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