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Owen Hatherley
John Grindrod
Modern Buildings in Britain: A Gazeteer

Dirty New Town

Owen Hatherley and John Grindrod

Tuesday 13 February, Zoom, 7pm
Tickets: £Free (donations optional)

New towns around the globe have been vast experiments in living. What do these places have in common, and what challenges do they face? Join two leading commentators on the built environment, Owen Hatherley and John Grindrod, for a fun, opinionated and enlightening discussion of Cumbernauld in Scotland, Nowa Huta in Poland, and Tama in Japan – set against the story of Milton Keynes itself. 


Hear how the different towns have each attempted to deal with the complex issues that have dictated their creation: coping with the car, enacting very different state housing policies, attracting light industry, and building grand public buildings, all the while coping with the tensions between modern and traditional styles and philosophies.

About Owen Hatherley

Owen Hatherley writes about aesthetics and politics for the Architectural Review, The Guardian and the London Review of Books, among others. He is the author of many books, most recently Modern Buildings in Britain: a Gazetteer (Penguin, 2022), Artificial Islands (Repeater, 2022) - which won Best Book and Best Monograph at the 2023 Architectural Book Awards - and Transitional Objects: Photographs of Poland (the modernist, 2023). He is a commissioning editor at Jacobin.

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About John Grindrod

John Grindrod is a social historian of modern places. He is the author of Concretopia: A Journey Around the Rebuilding of Postwar BritainOutskirts: Living Life on the Edge of the Green Belt; and Iconicon: A Journey Around the Landmark Buildings of Contemporary Britain. He is a resident of Milton Keynes.

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