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Milton Keynes: Image and Reality

Terence Bendixson and John Platt, 1992

An in-depth insight into the planning and implementation of the new city of Milton Keynes, with quotes from the planners involved.

Granta Press. hbk x, 301 pp, illus. ISBN 0 906782 72 4

£15.00

 

If you would like to order a copy of Image and Reality please download a copy of the order form and return, with payment, to the Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre.

 

Image and Reality front cover

 

Contents

Preface
Birth of a city
Antecedents
Where will the people live
The Chairman, the Board and the consultants
Goals
Master Plan
Decision
University and airport
Troubles at Westminster
'Good design'
Image
Houses for rent
Central Milton Keynes
'Shopping as it should be'
Waiting for the bus
A grand suburban design
Threatened by inner cities
Thatcher-effect
A regional office centre
Boom years
'Home Sweet Home'
Jobs
Reality
The next thousand years
Appendix 1. Milton Keynes at 31 March 1991
Appendix 2. Milton Keynes Development Corporation - the Board
Appendix 3. Milton Keynes Development Corporation Executive
Appendix 4. Sources
Appendix 5. Acknowledgements and credits