The Byker project was extremely interesting, I visited it in about 1975 (I
may still have some slides), the architects office was set up in a former
funeral parlour. I thought that the wall referred to a large existing wall
that was incorporated into the design.
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On 18/6/07 11:31 PM, "Sydney Hudspith" <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> Dr Thorpe,
> This may be too late to add for your consideration.
> There was a participatory architectural project completed by Ralph Erskine
> et al in the 70's in Newcastle, UK.
> It was a very large slum clearance project now referred to as the Byker
> Wall, (title probably influenced by the local Hadrian's Wall). During
> early demolition, before the actual building project was started, an
> on-site design office and citizen's center was opened, also a transitional
> news magazine was started called "The Phoenix", all to handle local
> people's questions, concerns, and ideas. I believe that saving local
> artifacts and incorporating them into the new designed environment was one
> of the citizen motivated changes.
> All of the above key words are Googleable (?) and as far as I know a few of
> the original transferees/ occupants in the project are still around for
> interviewing. (Although you would probably need a Geordie translator)
> Greetings from Florida
> Sydney Hudspith