The renewal of post-war Manchester

Planning, architecture and the state

By Richard Brook

The renewal of post-war Manchester
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  • ISBN: 9781526154972
  • Publish Date: Nov 2024
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    • Format: Hardcover
    • ISBN: 978-1-5261-5497-2
    • Pages: 328
    • Price: £40.00
    • Published Date: November 2024


    A compelling account of the project to transform post-war Manchester, revealing the clash between utopian vision and compromised reality.

    Urban renewal in Britain was thrilling in its vision, yet partial and incomplete in its implementation. For the first time, this deep study of a renewal city reveals the complex networks of actors behind physical change and stagnation in post-war Britain.

    Using the nested scales of region, city and case-study sites, the book explores the relationships between Whitehall legislation, its interpretation by local government planning officers and the on-the-ground impact through urban architectural projects. Each chapter highlights the connections between policy goals, global narratives and the design and construction of cities.

    The Cold War, decolonialisation, rising consumerism and the oil crisis all feature in a richly illustrated account of architecture and planning in post-war Manchester.


    1 The shape of the city: power and planning
    2 Computing and the Cold War
    3 In advance of progress: higher education and technology
    4 Intractable investment: the Crown Agents and Central Station
    5 Bookended by bombs and drawn out development: Market Place
    6 The redoubtable resilience of the Ring Road


    Richard Brook is a practising architect and a Professor of Architecture and Urbanism at the Manchester School of Architecture.

    The renewal of post-war Manchester

    By Richard Brook

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