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The International New Town Day 2017
New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings
June 28, 2017, Milton Keynes, UK


In the light of the present challenges posed - worldwide - by migration, INTI’s annual conference will this year examine New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings: what is their identity, diversity and culture as places where people migrate to and from?
New Towns have no ‘original’ inhabitants; every resident is a migrant. Some New Towns have taken on the function of housing newcomers and they have become ‘Arrival Cities’, like Gellerup (Denmark) or Thamesmead (UK). In other cases, like Tema (Ghana) or Milton Keynes (UK), the New Towns have become the preferred housing environment of a migrant middle class that has adopted the suburban lifestyle.

2Our cities are more and more becoming ‘Cities of Comings and Goings’ with a population that is not static, but growing and shrinking and increasingly mobile. Not only the refugee crisis has taught us this lesson, but also the increasing number of international students, expats, economic migrants, asylum seekers and foreign workers. Now that we’re experiencing new waves of migration and dynamic living in cities becomes more and more ubiquitous, we can recognize migration as a permanent force in our cities.

The International New Town Day (INTD) is an annual conference organized by the International New Town Institute. Each year, the conference represents a concrete opportunity to exchange knowledge and innovative solutions for urgent topics which all New Towns in one way or another are facing. We invite urban strategists, designers, urban professionals and policy makers from Europe and beyond.

This year, the conference will be hosted in Milton Keynes (UK) on June 28th 2017, as part of the city’s 50th anniversary celebrations which also include the Academy of Urbanism’s one day symposium on June 30th and a joint day of tours around Milton Keynes and an evening reception on June 29th.

The INTD17 is organized in partnership with the local City Council and the Academy of Urbanism. A wide range of local stakeholders from the art scene and citizens’ organizations in Milton Keynes are involved in the wider 50th anniversary programme.

Confirmed speakers include international policy makers, urban professionals and researchers from around the world. Check out their profiles here.


INTI is the organization that facilitates this platform of knowledge exchange. Video-reports of the first INTD can be seen here.

If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to receive more information, please contact INTI via internationalnewtownday@newtowninstitute.org.

More info on the event is available here.

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