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Thursday Scratch Nights

The Future City Debate: People, Places and Culture


The Future City Debate: People, Places and Culture

Presented by the Fred Roche Foundation

Thursday 6 March / 7pm / Doors 6.30pm / Free

Pre-booking essential via Eventbrite



Building on the success of last December’s talks that accompanied the Future City exhibition, MK Gallery collaborates with The Fred Roche Foundation to host several more in the coming months, aiming to stimulate creative discussion and debate around subjects that are vital to the growth and vitality of Milton Keynes. 

In People, Places and Culture the speakers will address questions around how to build a fair, active, equitable and cohesive community - one that is fit for everyone, now and in the future. 



  • Allan Cochrane: Professor of Urban Studies (Social Policy and Criminology), The Open University
  • Pam Gosal: Head of Corporate Economic Development and Inward Investment (Invest MK)
  • Chair: Julia Upton, Director, MK Community Foundation


    March 2014



    The Fred Roche Foundation celebrates the life of Fred Roche (1931-1992), who led the team in the 1970s who built the new city of Milton Keynes.  The Foundation endeavors to keep his spirit of creative exploration, innovation and vision alive in Milton Keynes.  


    He believed in the power – or rather the duty – of architecture to improve society.  If Milton Keynes is one person’s creation, it was Fred Roche’s”.  (Stephen Bayley, The Guardian)