Program conference 28 June - INTI - International New Town Institute

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Program conference 28 June

The International New Town Day 2017 is hosted in Milton Keynes (UK) on June 28th, 2017, as part of an Urban Fest celebrating the city’s 50th anniversary. It is combined with a Welcome Soirée (June 27th), tour excursions (MK exploration on June 29th and London Tour on July 1st) and exhibitions, art events and lectures. The week of events also includes the Academy of Urbanism one day conference (June 30th).

Provisional Schedule June 28, Middleton Hall, Auditorium

 08:30 - 09:00 Registrations

 09:00 - 09:45 Welcome and Introduction

  • Welcome by David Hopkins Mayor of Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • Keynote lecture by Michelle Provoost, director of INTI

 09:45 - 11:30 Morning Session: Updating the Welfare State Cities
The morning session will look at the welfare state cities and how they are trying to adapt to migrations. With the aim to understand and analyze ’New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings’, this session will reflect on their identity, culture and diversity as places where people have migrated to and from.

  • Gellerup, Aarhus (DK) - create an inclusive environment through physical radical changes with Per Frølund, Program manager at the Municipality of Aarhus, Denmark
  • Milton Keynes (UK) - Migration and Diversity: An overview of MK in the midst of becoming a Multicultural New Town with Mark Clapson, Professor of Social and Urban History Department of History, Sociology and Criminology University of Westminster, UK
  • Vantaa (Finland) - A resilient approach to prevent segregation with Tarja Laine - Head of Urban Planning, Municipality of Vantaa, FI
  • Thamesmead (London, UK) - culture-led urban regeneration with John Lewis, Executive Director Thamesmead (Peabody Group)

The session is followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Helena Mattsson, - Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Head of department KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden
  • Joe Abbey, Managing Director Tema Development Corporation, Tema, Ghana

Moderation by Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design

 11:30 - 12:00 coffee-break

 12:00 - 13:00 Architecture and Design solutions for the Arrival City
Projects and housing solutions around Europe

  • case 1: Amsterdam - Startblok Riekerhaven - New housing solutions to tackle emerging housing challenges with Rienk Postuma Project Manager Woonstichting de Key, and and Bart van den Bergh, Project coordinator at Startblok Riekerhaven, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • case 2: London "The Bike Project" - the city as emancipation machine with David Janner-Klausner, founder of "The Bike Project", local development, urbanism and sustainability expert
  • case 3: London "The Coal Line Project" - A community-led initiative that is more than reconnecting Peckham’s neighbourhoods in physical and spatial terms. The case is presented by Nick Woodford, investigator at "The Coal Line Project" & spatial practitioner

 13:00 - 14:00 lunch break

 14:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Session: New Emerging Themes
This session will look at what futures can we think of for our New Towns with the perspective of migration as a permanent phenomenon and how can New Towns better respond to these developments.

  • A comparison between migrant middle classes in Amsterdam Nieuw-West and Almere with Ivan Nio, urban sociologist, NIO Urban Research & Consultancy, The Netherlands
  • Shenzhen (China): Upgrading of migrant population with Tat Lam, Director Shanzhai City, Shenzhen, China
  • Prato (Italy): Conflicts and diversity, how to turn them into an opportunity with Valerio Barberis, Alderman Spatial Planning, municipality of Prato, Italy

The session is followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Michael Keith, Director of COMPAS, Co-ordinator of Urban Transformations (The ESRC portfolio of investments and research on cities), and Co-Director of the University of Oxford Future of Cities programme, UK
  • Katy Bennett, Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Leicester, UK

Moderation by Kieran Long, Director of ArkDes, Sweden’s national centre for architecture and design

 15:30 - 16:00 break

 16:00 - 17:15 Next generation New Towns in the UK
While no new towns have been built since the 1970s, Garden Cities are today on the top of the UK political agenda. At the beginning of the year, the government announced plans to create 14 new garden villages and three new garden towns in Aylesbury, Taunton and Harlow/Gilston as a means to ease the chronic housing shortage in the South-West. How does the new generation of new Towns respond to the housing crisis they are trying to tackle? How will they secure affordable provisions while offering high quality sustainable homes? How new developments will be connected to the existing New Towns which are suffering from regeneration issues, density and lack of functional mix?

This panel discussion wants to offer UK representatives and international urban experts the possibility to critically address the perspective of these new developments.

Panelists include:

  • Katy Lock, TCPA, UK
  • Mahmood Faruqi, Director London office, CallisonRTKL, UK
  • Michelle Provoost, INTI
  • David Rudlin, URBED & AoU
  • Anna Rose, Director – Growth, Economy and Culture at Milton Keynes Council and President, Planning Officers Society
  • Rebecca Kearney, Associate Technical Director – Development Planning, Arcadis
  • Kevin McGeough, Head of Strategy & Place Making, Ebbsfleet Development Corporation

Moderation by Oliver Wainwright, architect and urban Journalist at The Guardian

 17:15– 17:30 Drawing conclusions from the day; announcement of INTD 2018

 17:30– 18:00 Drinks&Bites

Evening Programme, Middleton Hall, Auditorium

 18.45 Psychology and the City: the Hidden Dimension book launch
Debate and signing with authors Charles Landry and Chris Murray
 20.30 Land of Promise performance
The Town and Country Planning Association’s celebration in words, film and music of the British Utopian tradition that inspired the New Towns Programme

This INTD will offer a great opportunity for international exchange, where not only examples will be showcased, but also problems, challenges and opportunities will be debated, showing tools and urban policies for urban regeneration which include culture and diversity as drivers of change and socio-economic improvement.

INTD 2017
INTI/AoU Joint Programme
   Welcome Soirée 27 June
   Program conference 28 June
   MKTour & Reception June 29
   AoU Symposium June 30
   London Tour 1st July
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Previous edition: INTD 2016

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(photo: Ivan Nio)