The brief for this urban design competition was to develop a typology for an urban extension to Milton Keynes, a New Town founded in the 1960s. Our aim was to avoid another demographically homogeneous suburb. As Milton Keynes has grown radially outward, new arrivals have tended to move to the most recently completed area. The social and economic climate of the day dictates the age, race and socio- economic class of the newcomers. This process has created increasingly segregated communities.
Our response was a return to a long-established, historically evidenced form of settlement in Britain, the ‘long plot’. This sustainable and dynamic development pattern divides the land into longitudinal plots, their short edge facing the street. At inception, each plot sustains a single building facing the high street, creating a coherent street scape while maintaining suburban densities. This model allows for flexible future intensification through building mews houses and infill buildings. On the example of one plot we demonstrated how this typology would allow people of different generations to live together on an interdependent yet autonomous ‘multi-generational plot’.
Our submission was awarded a commendation and was exhibited in London and Berlin. In 2009 we travelled to Berlin as delegates to the Europan 9 Symposium held at the Haus der Künste.