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Project Space

The Missing Building

2 - 24 June 2017 / Admission free


RIBA and MK Gallery present The Missing Building. This exhibition showcases creative responses by primary and secondary school students as they reimagine an undeveloped site in central Milton Keynes; and provides a platform for discussion with fellow pupils, families and the wider community. 


The Missing Building will be a chance for everyone to design their own building – imagined, or real! There will be opportunities to get creative with architects, whether your family wants to re-imagine CMK in Lego or you want to talk through ideas for extending or remodelling your home. 


The architects chose a site in Central MK that has never been built on - between The Point and the Food Centre on Midsummer Boulevard. The site covers around 10,300 square metres. The participating school children could design whatever they liked for that site.


The design models will be judged in their schools and the best entries from each will be on display in this exhibition. The overall winner design will be judged on the morning of Saturday 3 June by a panel including Patrick Richard of Stanton Williams Architects, the project architect of the new pavilion in Campbell Park.




The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and its 40,000 members worldwide.


The Buckinghamshire Society of Architects is one of around 80 local RIBA branches. It represents around 400 architects across the county. The branch wanted to celebrate Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday by encouraging children - the next generation of potential architects and shapers of tomorrow’s towns and cities - to think about and to design what they would really like for a specific site in central MK.


Local architects have been into primary and secondary schools across MK to talk about building design and architecture and to help them to start to design their own buildings for the site. Many of the participating architects have trained as Architecture Ambassadors  -  the programme run by the RIBA for architects who partner with schools. The training for Architecture Ambassadors in MK is supported by MK Gallery.


As a 50th birthday present, local architects want to make sure that MK is in good hands for the next 50 years. That means ensuring that children today understand what goes into designing a great building and the role that architecture plays in a successful city.” (Rachael Wilson, RMW Architects - Chair, Buckinghamshire Society of Architects and RIBA Architecture Ambassador. Rachael was brought up in MK and lives in Stony Stratford).





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The Missing Building:


Saturday 3 June

12-1pm / Free 

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Saturday 24 June

11am - 3pm / Free

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