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Future MK and the Post-Covid City – Reimagining the City Centre

August 19, 2020 @ 13:00 - 14:00 BST

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What can Milton Keynes offer towards understanding a city’s future Post-Covid 19?

This event is a special short series in collaboration with Milton Keynes Council and of interest to all towns and cities grappling with issues magnified by Covid-19.

As the UK slowly edges out of the Covid -19 lockdown there is a pressing imperative to understand what impact the pandemic will have on current growth plans, the design of our cities and how significant the change will be.

The Government recognises the Oxford – Cambridge Arc as a growth area of national importance. This Urbanism Series will focus on Milton Keynes, which is located at the centre of the OCA. The session is being coordinated with Milton Keynes Council and follows on from the publication of the ‘MK Strategy for 2050’ in January.


Series Session 2: Reimagining the City Centre

This session we will explore the implications that the pandemic might have on the city centre and particularly the public realm. Will permanent behavioral changes in how we work, shop and relax be a feature Post Covid -19? Will working from home, and shopping on line mean fewer people using the city centre? What happens if the office buildings that surround the public spaces need to be altered or repurposed? Will more people be encouraged to live in the city centre?

The session will include contributions from two speakers. Will Cousins, DLA who will look at the immediate impact on the city centre and how its regional role might change and Neil Sainsbury, Head of Placemaking at MKC who will address what the city centre has been, is currently and could be in the future.


Will Cousins AoU, Creative Advisor, David Lock Associates Ltd
Neil Sainsbury AoU, Head of Placemaking, Milton Keynes Council

Hilary Satchwell AoU, Director, Tibbalds Planning and Urban Design.


If you have any queries please contact Stuart Turner, AoU Regional Convenor, on st@studiost.co.uk or Stephen Gallagher, Director of Engagement, on sg@academyofurbanism.org.uk


August 19, 2020
13:00 - 14:00 BST
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