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Milton Keynes (04:03)


Documentary filmmaker Richard Macer returns to the town he grew up in, and was embarrassed by, to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Situated halfway between London and Birmingham, Milton Keynes was an experiment in social engineering. Architects carefully planned every street and tree.

City Roundabouts (03:03)

The Roundabout Society of Great Britain describes the impact on city planning and why they attempt to preserve the traffic circles. Milton Keynes possesses over 300 rotaries.

Creating a City (05:46)

During the 1950s and 1960s, the housing crisis in London made urban planners develop other cities in Great Britain. Architects planned Milton Keynes as a modern utopia where no building would be taller than the trees. A couple who has lived in the town for over 40 years reminisces about the first time they saw their new accommodations.

Migrating to Milton Keynes (04:20)

Macer's parents purchased a home in Great Linford in 1978. His father yearned for a greater quality of life after living in London. Macer reunites with his sister who recently returned to England after living in the Far East.

Creating Culture Through Art (06:21)

Milton Keynes Development Corporation purchased artwork by Wendy Taylor and Elisabeth Frink. Anthony Spira commissioned Richard Deacon to create another sculpture. Residents created art to display in their communities.

Downtown District (02:57)

Architects designed City Club to consist of theaters, bars, a souk, and a rodeo, but the Milton Keynes Development Corporation decided against implementing the plans. The open university allows everyone to take classes and learn.

Marketing Milton Keynes (06:59)

Because the British viewed the city as soulless, advertisers created a marketing plan to convince others to move to the city. Macer's father would return from London and work on creative projects. The Milton Keynes Development Corporation hired ambassadors to greet people who moved from other areas and help them assimilate.

Preserving the Past (06:52)

Milton Keynes boasts more species of birds than when it was farmland. Some of the developments need to be redone because of modern architecture. Elain Harwood from "Historic England" made the Milton Keynes shopping center a landmark.

Urban Development (03:53)

Financial interests control development. Linda Inoki expresses anger at the city for allowing another shopping center to be built. Beryl Bainbridge believes Milton Keynes must house artists or religious leaders.

Buddhist Stupa (02:34)

Bainbridge found Milton Keynes to be a spiritual place. Macer visits the first Peace Pagoda in the Western World.

50th Anniversary Celebration (05:08)

Milton Keynes holds a celebration at Bletchley Park, home of the codebreakers from World War II. Macer visits Stantonbury campus and speaks with students.

Reconnecting With the Past (05:21)

Milton Keynes has increased in ethnic diversity. Macer considers his feelings toward the city and visits his former best friend David Sutton. Both express their regrets at losing their friendship.

Credits: City of the Future: Milton Keynes 50 Years On (00:32)

Credits: City of the Future: Milton Keynes 50 Years On

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In this documentary, Richard Macer returns to his childhood town on the eve of its 50th Anniversary. After the London Housing Crisis, architects built Milton Keynes to emulate a modern utopia with a cultural and spiritual identity unique in Great Britain. Over the course of a few months, Macer meets with key contributors to the MK story—architects, artists, and social workers—and pays a visit to his old school.

Length: 58 minutes

Item#: BVL145851

ISBN: 978-1-64347-238-6

Copyright date: ©2017

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