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Milton Keynes’ inaugural ‘A Festival of Creative Urban Living’ is running from Thursday 26th Sep. to Sunday 13th Oct. The festival is a free celebration of art, architecture and city making, inspired by Milton Keynes’ history as one of the UK’s ‘New Towns’ of the 1960s.
Visit the raumlaborberlin curated festival for an innovative program which invites visitors to explore Milton Keynes and contribute their own ideas to the future of city planning and design.
Festival highlights include the Utopia Station by Teleinternetcafe, a triumphant, colourful, recycled temporary tower at the heart of the campus with far-reaching views across Milton Keynes. Utopia Station is a scientific, speculative and artistic experiment. As visitors make their way through this interactive experience, a participatory, playful process draws out utopian visions and ideas and incorporates them into the exhibition which will run for the duration of the festival.
Also worth a visit is the Utopian Laundromat by La Bonneterie a full sized installation that people can explore and enjoy, presenting a radical way to wash clothes, recycle water and socialise.
Three connected watersheds that allow water to run from clean to dirty, a filtering system, and a make-your-own-soap-station link to create a complete and working laundromat and bring up interesting question about what we could all do to change our habits to help the environment without sacrificing the things we enjoy.