Running from the 27th February until the 2nd March, Infra Manc at the Cube Gallery on Portland Street is an exhibition about the hope’s and dreams of the planning, construction and promotion of four Post War infrastructural projects in central Manchester. Two were completed, two were to remain unrealised and this promises to be a fascinating look at what might have been.
The Mancunian Way, the never realised Piccadilly-Victoria railway tunnel, the Guardian telephone exchange and fanciful dreams of a city centre heliport are all examined.
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, engineering schematics, architects’ drawings and marketing ‘machines’, many 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 overriding technological propositions.
The exhibition is curated by Richard Brook (Manchester School of Architecture) and Martin Dodge (Department of Geography, University of Manchester), with support and help from MIRIAD, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, and Greater Manchester County Record Office with the City Archives.
Title: Infra Manc- part of the Manchester Histories Festival
Location: RIBA Hub, Cube, Portland St, Manchester
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Description: From 27th February until 2nd March