Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Venue : 66 Portland Place, Westminister, London
After working for the London County Council Architects Department, in the 1960s, adding decorative and sculptural panels to housing schemes at minimal cost, Bill Mitchell was sent (first class) around the world by the Cement and Concrete Association, promoting British Architecture and construction.
He ended up driving five thousand miles to Qatar in a motor home to build a zoo in the desert from sprayed cement on steel mesh, and contributed art works to San Francisco’s BARTD Rapid Transit, Railway. Here in the UK many of Bill’s works are now listed buildings. In this event, hosted by the Twentieth Century Society, Bill talks about his adventures and experiences at home and abroad.
With introduction by Mike Althorpe – Curator of the Brits Who Built the Modern World – looking at early post war architectural exports.
Part of a season of exhibitions and events inspired the BBC series The Brits Who Built the Modern World