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Sixties spirit


The next morning a 'supercrit' took place at the University of Westminster, organised by Sam Hardingham. The idea was to look retrospectively at a project which had considerable impact when it was produced and see how it looked today. The project in question was Price's 'Potteries Thinkbelt', published in 1966; originally he was going to be present, and the decision to hold the event anyway was an opportunity to review the work of his office in thinking about a series of issues which sounded almost entirely contemporary: industrial redundancy; physical and community regeneration; the role of education in post-industrial society; the role of transport in relation to regeneration programmes; the future of the railways; extendable and adaptable housing etc etc. Former New Society editor Paul Barker, who originally published the scheme, introduced the background against which it was set, ie the 1960s in general, and the development of universities in that decade, generally on the edge of 'nice' cities. The point about the '60s, said Barker, was the attitude of 'anything goes' - but more a rock than jazz age.

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