Two doors red

After casting aspersions on East Kilbride's climate, yesterday was a beautiful day, perfect for a walk through The Murray. This was the first part of EK to be developed. I am intrigued to know why The Murray is called The Murray, with the definite article. It's called that officially, on roadsigns and stuff, like The Gambia. But more intriguing are these double doors, seen throughout East Kilbride. Look, here's two more.

Two doors yellow

They both lead into the same house, but different rooms. As opposed to two doors into the same room, like The Beatles in Help. There was something similar on one of these post-war housing programmes on BBC Four, but for the life of me I can't remember the justification for it. I think the architects (can't remember who they were either; doing well here) said it was something about making better use of the space at the back of your house. Or something. Not wasting it on a kitchen. So the kitchen's at the front, and obviously a kitchen needs a kitchen door. But there's still a back door (just the one) which must bring about a bit of confusion when someone comes a-knocking.

As most have been converted into one big doorway (with a normal size door, not a mega one) it suggests that it maybe wasn't the best idea. But it's nice that they tried. East Kilbride was a new town built with this kind of spirit - looking at how people live and trying to make it better. There must have been a real sense of optimism when it was built. Can you imagine how exciting it must have been to come and live here with your two front doors?

Voltan once lived in a bunker with two such doors. One provided access to the Command Room; the other to the piranha tank.

Voltan passed many contented afternoons observing natural selection at work among his flunkies.

yes, i love thinking about how exciting it must have been to move from what was then seen to be undesirable housing in the city to these new specially designed houses. my gran & grandad did this in the 60's, moving from an inner city glasgow tenement to mayfield outside edinburgh. the thing is though, when my dad talks about the tenements and how the door was always open and neighbours would pop in to have a cup of tea from my gran's tea urn that she got from working at crawfords, i can't help thinking that in some ways they were better off there. hmmm, it must have seemed amazing though at the time.

Ooh, this is all good stuff! Have you come across the work of Colin Ward? He's a fascinating guy - an old school anarchist, he's written books about adventure playgrounds, holiday camps and allotments - and he wrote a fantastic book called 'New Town, Home Town' which I thoroughly recommend. I'm working on a little book proposal of my own about new towns right now, and it's proving indispensable.

Hello Trews. Never heard of Colin Ward but I'll seek him out, ta. Your work sounds interesting. I'll email you for more details.

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