Max Nicholson

The"Environmental Revolution" 50 years on

This talk was given by Richard Flenley in July 2021, and is given here with his permission.

We are now 51 years on from the time when Max first published "The Environmental Revolution" … so perhaps time to consider where this stands in the post-Greta era.

I was approached by the Society of Architectural Historians of GB [ SAHGB] and asked if I could offer a talk about Max and his achievements for their short series of webinar/zoom talks [ July 2021] entitled "Will my valley be green again? Post-industrial landscape".

The long shot to contact me was because someone had heard me talk of Max during a lecture I gave to FOLAR in early 2020 about the Coal Industry and Max's founding of Land Use Consultants as the first multi-disciplinary practice in 1966 . I was employed by Max there in 1970 and spent my professional life there at LUC so was able to offer some insight of working with the great man .

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My title for the talk to SAHGB was entitled "Max Nicholson - An Environmental Revolutionist". It covered a potted biog, explaining the huge diversity of Max's achievements and contributions and in particular his establishing the multi disciplinary practice of Land Use Consultants [ LUC ] in 1966. I joined LUC in 1970 and so witnessed the growth of the practice and the passing of the baton to later generations -as Max had intended. I was then joined by Current LUC Chair Jon Grantham and Director Adrian Wikeley who prompted a lively discussion about how the baton has indeed been carried forward with great success and increasing need to acknowledge and respond to local and global issues.

The talk and discussion were recorded by SAHGB who hope to make them available on-line subject to clearing copyright issues . We shall post the link here when approval has been granted .

Finally just to note that we hope to join the Silver Jubilee Walk again next year on Max's birthday - 12 July . It was not possible in 2020and 21 but we are determined to re-activate in 2022 .

You can download the full talk to listen to it in your own time here