Architecture students at the University of Nottingham have spent the academic year studying The New Town of Milton Keynes and proposing design projects for the city. The theme of the year has been GreenTown ’23, referencing the ambitious - but unbuilt - 1970s plans for a third garden city in MK.
Design projects include experimental GreenTown eco-housing in Campbell Park, inspired by the Homeworld, Energy World and Future World housing expos for which the city is famous. Environmentally themed, pop-up pavilions in support of the expo were designed for various sites across CMK from Station Square, along Midsummer Boulevard, to the Boyd and Evans ‘Underpass’ at the threshold to Campbell Park. Thesis design projects consider the creative reuse of some key CMK buildings including the Bus Station, The Point, Lloyds Court and the Santander Building. Also, new-build proposals for the rear of the library site and for perimeter parking lots. Sites outside CMK include Netherfield, MK Hospital, Two Mile Ash and Linford Lakes.
Curated by Pooleyville, and funded by Milton Keynes City Council, Greentown 2023 is part of an ongoing creative programme exploring the rich and diverse archives of Milton Keynes.
On the 9th & 16th September at 2pm there will be an informal exhibition tour of Greentown 2023 led by University of Nottingham Architecture Graduate Cindy Tasong. Held at MK Gallery Event Space, 900 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes, GB MK9 3QA and no booking required.