On 28th February 2018 we re-hosted the original 1901 Garden Cities Association symposium, but with a modern twist.
The symposium gathered a range of built environment experts, influencers and stakeholders to learn from the original 1901 Housing Conference.
We wanted to consider how we can create new places that will thrive long into the future – as Bournville does today.
The debate was more than a ‘quick fix’ to build houses in volume. The idea was to learn from the Bournville Village Trust and create an action plan for future places, but include the issues that face today’s society, such as:
- Economic, health and wellbeing factors
- Societal change
- Policy’s role in solving the housing crisis.
Keynote speakers introduced the topics of Stewardship, Wellbeing, Technology, Delivery and Placemaking before everyone broke into groups to discuss ‘provocations’ relating to each.
Summaries were then fed back to the room, while Laura Sorvala illustrated the day on ‘The Wall’.
Who led the debate?
We gathered experts from across and beyond the housing sector to debate the wider issues around shaping future places.
Download the presentations from the day
- 0.0-Intro-Duncan Cadbury
- 1.0-Stewardship-Alex Notay
- 2.0-Health and wellbeing-Kevin McGeough
- 3.0-Technology-Citizens at the heart of IoT-Dr Jacqui Taylor
- 4.1-Delivery-Michelle Hannah
- 4.2-Delivery-The economics of ‘place’-Richard Harrington
- 4.3-Delivery-Master Developer DNA-James Scott
- 5.0-Placemaking-Placemaking & public sector-Louise Wyman
Why did we host 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.
We captured the day with photographs, video, scribes and an artist. The conclusions will be published as an action plan for Placemakers of the future. Please register your interest below to receive a copy of these.
View The Little Book of Provocations
Can we solve the housing crisis by building the numbers of homes needed and still create sustainable places for the future?
Follow these links and articles.
Articles & Websites
- First New Garden Cities/towns announced
- Urban Institute, Sheffield University
- Places for People
- TCPA Garden Cities
- Creative Concern
- Future of Places
- Bucks and Thames Valley LEP
- Ebbsfleet Development Corporation
- The Planner
- BMW Mini as an industry patronage of the future… Swindon?
- Interesting research on places
- Government consultation on redrafting new towns act with a view to enabling development corporations
- TCPA’s long term stewardship of garden cities guide (recently revamped) bournville features in it (places for people contributed)
- DCLG’s new fund launched to enable better quality planning
- The Tuning Fork Cafe at Rugby
- Ellel Artisan Village