Whether it's looked at as a Californian transplant, an experimental oddity in urban planning or the utopian post-war new town, Central Milton Keynes is a place that appears to have, by most popular accounts, struggled with its own identity. Though arguably unlike anything else in the country, today the town supposedly finds itself so removed from what it was once built and promised to be, this reputation making repeaters out of the non-residents experiencing it.

 

With archived urban-planning material, conversations with local residents, contemporary preconceptions and my own fleeting impressions at its base, Best Laid Plan attempts to expand on the filtered vision insisted by stereotype and play with the photographic convention of similar "portrait of a place" projects.

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