Join the Symposium

We are re-hosting the original 1901 Garden Cities Association symposium with a modern twist.

What is it?

Why are we hosting it?

In 2016, Bournville Architects became part of Stride Treglown, bringing with it expertise from working on the original garden village. Rediscovering the agenda for the 1901 GCA conference gave us the inspiration for this event.

As the conversation around garden cities continues to build momentum, and with our close link with Bournville Village Trust, it puts us in a unique position.

Event details:

We will capture the day with photographs, video, scribes and an artist. The conclusions will be published as an action plan for Placemakers of the future. 

If you would like to attend, please register your interest below.

Help create an Action Plan

We are keen to hear from professionals, academics or anyone with strong opinions about the topics for debate.

Who's leading the debate

We are gathering people from across and beyond the housing sector to debate the wider issues around creating new places.

Topics for discussion

Roundtable discussions and brief keynotes considering economic, societal and technological influences on placemaking.

How can we make this relevant today?

As startups increasingly drive employment growth, what does this mean for creating new places for people to work as well as live?

Can modern employers fill the stewardship role?

Have we got the financial or ownership model right?

What alternative models can be used to balance the urgent need for housing with the desire to create great places?

Can it be self-sustaining or is it caught in the policy cycle?

Can placemaking be private-sector led?

Who are the ‘new Cadburys’ and the disrupters?

Are they interested in this model?

How can public and private sectors collaborate to create places?

What makes people passionate – and compassionate – about creating homes, places and communities?

How/can we avoid homogeneity in places so that communities rather than ghettos are built?

How can we ensure that new places are fit for purpose not just for today and tomorrow, but for the future?

What are the technologies that need to be designed for and can flexibility be built in for future, unknown technologies?