Tributes to the man who designed Milton Keynes – the city with concrete cows

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Architect Derek Walker – responsible for one of the UK’s most controversial urban planning projects – has died at the age of 85.

A city “greener than the countryside around it” was his vision for Milton Keynes – the new town he was charged to design in the 1970s.

Walker, who also served as the head of architecture at the Royal College of Art in the 1980s, had visions of a place dominated by nature and where no building was higher than the tallest tree.

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But the town became most famous for its huge roundabout and concrete herd of cows.

But the respect for the man who made Milton Keynes has endured, and today tributes have been paid to the “gifted” architect for his “breadth of vision”.

Designer Sam Jacob, who spent time in Milton Keynes with Walker last year, said: “His breadth of vision created something really unusual.

“Milton Keynes is one of the great unsung projects of post-war architecture and design. He was a lovely, warm, generous guy, and one of the most important post-war British architects.”

Frank Henshaw, who worked with walker between 1970 and 1976, added:  “You will not visit Milton Keynes without seeing Derek’s influence on the city – his mark on Milton Keynes is extraordinary and irreplaceable.”

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