Post-War Manchester – A Context

Michael Hebbert

The Bartlett School of Planning, University College London


This opening paper sets the scene for discussion of postwar Manchester, positioning the city’s plans and projects in the wider context of reconstruction and shifting attitudes towards soot, greenspace, pedestrianism, automobility, the street, neighbourliness, economic modernisation and the pervasive legacy of the Victorian built environment.

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Michael Hebbert is Professor of Town Planning at the Bartlett UCL and editor of the leading specialist journal on the history of city plans and outcomes, Planning Perspectives. As a part-time Mancunian and member of Manchester Architecture Research Centre he has a longstanding interest in the shaping of Manchester and recently edited a special issue of the John Rylands Bulletin on the modern city’s architecture and environment.


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