Debate: East Kilbride – Original and Best?

Sun 20 Aug 2017 7:00pm (90 minutes)
The Village Centre
Free event but ticket required

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East Kilbride is Scotland’s oldest New Town, celebrating the 70th anniversary of its designation earlier this year and sitting alongside Paisley as the country’s largest town. Yet while it is perhaps held up as the most successful of the five 20th century developments in the public imagination, problems persist, with one local councillor calling for the town to regain its identity earlier this year. What does the future hold for East Kilbride? Following on from a fascinating discussion in Cumbernauld in May, we’re hosting our second debate on the successes, failures, and opportunities of Scotland’s New Towns, and we want you to make your voice heard.

Chaired by former provost of South Lanarkshire Alan Dick, the panel is composed of:

  • Christopher Beanland, author of Concrete Concept, a book about Brutalist architecture around the world, and regular art, culture and architecture contributor to newspapers including the Guardian and the Telegraph.
  • Diane M Watters, architectural historian, author of St Peter’s, Cardross about the ruined modernist seminary, and panellist in our debate in Cumbernauld – her home town.
  • Joanne Gray, manager of The Village Centre and an instrumental figure in bringing ReimagiNation to East Kilbride.


Featured image by Cindy-Lou Ramsey:

Part of ReimagiNation: East Kilbride