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Thursday Scratch Nights

The Future City Debate

Connected Lifestyles

Cover of AD Magazine (detail), 1974

Cover of AD Magazine (detail), 1974

Cover of AD Magazine (detail), 1974


The Future City Debate: Connected Lifestyles

Presented by the Fred Roche Foundation

Thursday 25 September / 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


This talk will focus on delivering a well-connected city, responding to the potential of communication information technology, changing patterns and behaviour, and looking at new ways of accessing our everyday needs.



  • Tim Stonor, Space Syntax
    Managing Director of the strategic consulting firm Space Syntax Limited, A director of The Academy of Urbanism, Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, winner of the prestigious Harvard Loeb Fellowship and Advocate for the EPSRC. He is currently assisting the UK Government Office for Science as a member of the Lead Expert Group in its Foresight project on The Future of Cities.

  • Rick Robinson. Executive Architect, Smarter Cities IBM UK
    Executive Architect at IBM responsible for the development and delivery of Smarter City solutions for IBM’s customers in the UK and Europe. Member of the UK Government’s Smart Cities Forum, a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a member of the Academy of Urbanism. 
  • Guest chair: Professor John Worthington
    Co-founder of DEGW, Director of the Academy of Urbanism, Past President and current Patron of the Urban Design Group.




    September 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)