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New Towns, New Cities: Places of Diversity and Innovation

June 27 – 1 July 2017 
Milton Keynes, UK

The International New Town Institute and The Academy of Urbanism have come together to mark the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes with a co-designed joint-program of events proposing a reflection on New Towns as places of diversity and innovation.

The three-day program is part of a wider CityFest taking place in Milton Keynes from June 26 to July 1st, and includes:

• The International New Town Day Conference exploring the relation between migration and urban dynamics and looking at ‘New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings’ (June 28),
• The Academy of Urbanism Symposium ‘New Towns: What’s Next? examining the way places respond to changing lifestyles and technological innovations (June 30)
• A joint INTI/AoU day of city tours, discussions and an evening drinks reception during which participants will discover and understand the roots and soul of the 50-year-old Milton Keynes: its past, present and future (June 29)
• The INTI London Tour exploring London-South from the perspective of migration and its relation to new town developments.

Check out more info about the program and speakers’ profiles day by day on the partners’ websites:
International New Town Day ‘‘New Towns as Cities of Comings and Goings’ and London Tour (
The Academy of Urbanism Symposium ‘New Towns: What’s Next?’ (

Registrations are open at:
If you are interested in participating, or if you would like to receive more information, please contact:
AoU at



Heritage Matters: from Policy to Practice

5 July 2017

The seminar is taking place on Wednesday 5th July at the International Centre for Life, Newcastle upon Tyne. We have a great line up of speakers as well as topic with the day somewhat split into three sections:

  • Development and Heritage;
  • A question of Balance followed by Listed Buildings – A Costly Business. How to Stay Out of the Courts
  • Conservation Areas, 50 and Beyond followed by Design Matters: Understanding the Responding to Character.

    The final part of the day; Construction Cost Management in the Heritage Sector followed by A Landscape Approach to Protecting and Celebrating Heritage

    See  the full  programme and full event details here.

Do conservation areas hold back or encourage positive development?

14 June 2017

We all agree that the protection and enhancement of Scotland’s conservation areas are important though some of us may be concerned that this statutory requirement of local authorities is not being met in many cases. However, as pressure increases to build in urban areas, might there by a case for a loosening of some of the restrictions that planning law places on new developments in and around conservation areas? Is heritage management compatible with innovative and bold modern architecture? Are we stifling creativity and radical design by holding onto long-cherished heritage principles? How do we best deal with new design in historic settings?

These are just some of the issues our panel of experts will be discussing and debating with the audience. It promises to be a lively event.

Find out more about the debate here..

Memory & Authenticity: Cultural Protection in Conflict

30 June 2027

Drawing on the London Festival of Architecture theme, Memory, author and critic Robert Bevan will chair a panel of international speakers to discuss the politics and challenges of protecting and preserving cultural heritage in post-conflict contexts.

Organised by the British Council and Historic England.

Find out more here..

BLF: Hot Mixed Mortars and Case Study Day

16 June 2017
Grasmere, Cumbria

Phil Braithwaite of UK Restoration Services invites you to a site visit and social at St Oswald’s Church, Grasmere in Cumbria. St Oswald’s, Grasmere, is a Grade 1 listed building and the project is to remove all the cement-based render from the church tower and re-render with a hot-mix lime render. The project will be one of the largest hot lime render jobs recently undertaken in the UK. The day will consist of a ‘hard hat’ tour of the scaffolding to the roof of the tower, talks in the church hall and demonstrations in the site compound. Contributors will include project architects Crosby Granger Architects. Lunch will be provided by UK Restoration Services; contributions into a (hard) hat will be requested. If you would like to attend, please email stating you would like to attend and any dietary requirements.

The days programme is as follows:

9:00 – Arrival (Tea and Coffee available)
9.15 – Introduction by UK Restoration (Welfare, Site Safety etc.)
9.30 – Crosby Granger Architects – background and Overview to the project at St. Oswald’s
10.00 – UK Restoration – the works so far at St. Oswald’s and other recent projects.
10.30 – Tea / Coffee Break
11:00 – David Wiggins – Hot Mixed Mortars and their functional characteristics in regards to render.
11:30 – Cumbrian Clock Company
12:00 – Burlington Slate
12:30 – Lunch Break
13:30 – Attendees split into three groups for 30 minute sessions – Site Tour / HMM Demonstrations / Church History and Tour (By Richard Beskeen)
15:00 – 15:30 – Afternoon Tea
15:30 – Guest Speaker – Elaine Blackett-Ord
16.00 – Guest Speaker – Alan Gardner
16:30 – Close of day

To attend: Email

Cost: This event is free including a free lunch, but a request of £20 per attendee donation to the churches fabric fund is requested.