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A Festival of Creative Urban Living

Midsummer Boulevard

Milton Keynes

MK9 3NB

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The International New Town Institute’s workshop brings together examples of inspiring and provocative projects.

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New Towns have always been built according to a masterplan, a blueprint made by professional designers and built by a government and professional managers. Even after a few decades, the top down attitude is still present in the way the New Towns deal with their spatial development, and how the city communicates and relates to its residents. But nowadays residents ask for a more active role, more freedom and agency and a new balance in the relation with the local government. This is not about participation in the ‘old’ sense of the word, which is usually a euphemism for the council informing residents; this is about the active roles of residents in the process of urban development. All over Western Europe, groups of residents start to organise themselves to create the agency necessary to bring new ways of development and building to the city. Because they are usually not profit-driven, they can bring interesting new experiments in housing and social projects, create more diversity, better value for money, and include groups of inhabitants that would normally be excluded from the market. During this day we bring examples of inspiring and provocative projects from (mostly) other New Towns who have been designed and realised by (groups of) residents, as an alternative to the ‘business as usual’ way by commercial parties.

Confirmed speakers include:

Jan Knikker

MVRDV Architects, Rotterdam/Almere (Keynote)

Raumlaborberlin

Haus de Statistik project

Michelle Provoost

INTI, Hoogvliet WiMBY Project

Alessandra Covini

Studio Ossidiana, Amsterdam

Ninke Happel

Rotterdam Housing Co-operative

Verena Moerkl

Superblock, Vienna

Piet Vollaard

Stad in de Maak, Rotterdam

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A Festival of Creative Urban Living

Midsummer Boulevard

Milton Keynes

MK9 3NB

United Kingdom

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