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Michael Macrae - A City Begins With People

Project Space Exhibition

1.12.2006 – 11.3.2007
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)
Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Michael Macrae: A City Begins With People (film still)

Micheal Macrea: A City Begins With People

1 December 2006 - 11 March 2007

MK Gallery Project Space

 

To launch the Project Space, Milton Keynes Gallery was delighted to screen the film A City Begins With People by the Architect and Urbanist Mike Macrae. It brings together rare and exceptional footage of the early development of Milton Keynes, focusing specifically on the Development Corporation's 'roadshows' that visited the many surrounding Buckinghamshire village and town halls to gauge people's opinions and hear their concerns on the construction of the new city.

 

As an 'artwork' the film reveals the growing fascination with the genre of the 'documentary' that access to relatively inexpensive filming equipment afforded artists working in the late 60s and which continues to hold such influence on contemporary practice today. The film functions as both a study of the proposed physical architecture of the new city, but more intriguingly as an insight into the 'architecture' of consultation. All the more remarkable is the familiarity of the prevalent issues that are discussed in the film; environmental damage, shopping, car parking, transport services, congestion etc. they are seemingly the enduring concerns that are discussed today about the future growth agenda.

 

Mike Macrae is an architect currently living and working in Bristol.

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