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Project Space

City Club
A Third Garden City

5 - 27 May 2017 / Admission free


May’s Project Space display includes Undercurrents, the magazine of radical alternatives and community technology, which ran from 1972 - 1984. The journal, founded by Godfrey Boyle, Emeritus Professor of Renewable Energy at the Open University, will provide stimulus for cross-community and cross-generational discussion.    


In August 1979, the COMTEK festival, exploring wind and solar power, organic food and counter culture values, was held at the Milton Keynes Bowl. At that time, the new town was only half finished and provided a high potential context for COMTEK to stage its green campaign. The event included a presentation by the Town and Country Planning Association with its proposal for a third garden city in Milton Keynes. This was swiftly followed by a meeting of 60 prospective inhabitants who formed the action group Greentown (the theme of our March Project Space exhibition). 


City Lab offers a place for Milton Keynes communities, past and present, to identify and compare models of practices.  Formers members of Greentown will collaborate with Milton Keynes Youth Faculty to prepare a toolkit for communal and green living. The toolkit will draw on the design and content of Undercurrents and  with focus on the environment around MK Gallery.


In addition, CGI studio, Virtual Viewing, will run a second workshop for residents to test an Age Friendly map and digital application of the city centre. Organised by Age UK Milton Keynes, with the support of Our MK, the collaborations form part of the Smart City initiative that uses digital technologies to support and sustain communities.   


The display and workshops coincide with the Living Streets Community Project led by Milton Keynes Council and funded by the European Commission’s Life Programme. This reflects one of the original ambitions of Greentown to restrict the use of cars and socialise the streets.


Visit the Undercurrents online archive


Opening Hours

Thursday & Friday






Admission Free