Infra_MANC: RIBA exhibition on the dreams and realities of post-war infrastructure of Manchester

Runs 27/2/12 to 23/3/12 (weekdays) and weekend of 3-4/3/12 at RIBA Hub, 113-115 Portland St, Manchester, M1 6DW.

Details received via Martin Dodge of University of Manchester on this exhibition that he is curating, along with Richard Brook, examining:

“…the planning, construction and promotion of four infrastructural projects in central Manchester: two were completed, two were to remain unrealised. the essence of recovery in post-war Britain was speed: of movement and of communication – these propositions epitomise this spirit. To traverse the city two of these schemes would seek to bury themsleves and two take to the skies…these proposals are set against the optimism of the immediate post-war recovery, the reality of construction in the 1960s and the economic and political upheaval of the 1970s. Original maps, engieering schematics, architects drawings and marketing ‘machines’ not normally seen by the public will be displayed to explore the role of infrastructure in the contemporary city and to introduce historical context to these overridingly technological propositions”

(quoted from the exhibition flyer:

More details at:


About lukebennett13
Reader & Course Leader, BSc Hons Real Estate, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. I TEACH: built environment law to construction, surveying, real estate and environmental management students. I RESEARCH: metal theft; urban exploration & recreational trespass; occupiers' perceptions of liability for their premises. I THINK: about the links between ideas, materialities and practices in the built environment. I WAS: an environmental lawyer working in commercial practice for 17 years before I joined academia in 2007. I EXPLAIN: the aims of my blogsite site here: LINKS: Twitter: @lukebennett13; Archive: EPITAPH: “He lived at a little distance from his body, regarding his own acts with doubtful side-glances.” James Joyce, Dubliners

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