New garden cities: responding to the Wolfson Economics Prize


In the most audacious intervention on the garden cities debate in a generation, Lord Simon Wolfson of Aspley Guise has thrown down the gauntlet by offering £250,000 to the person who comes up with the brightest ideas on how to build a new garden city.

With access to the team behind the Prize, and featuring leading thinkers on land use, housing and place-making, this conference aims to explore the issues raised by the prize in more detail.

• What might a winning vision of a new garden city be?
• How can garden cities be economically viable and self-financing, and what governance models are likely to be needed for their development?
• How can local residents be persuaded to accept new development in their areas, and how can they be involved?

Announcing the conference, Simon Wolfson said: “The UK is suffering from chronic and socially divisive house price inflation, which is caused by shortages in the supply of new housing. And shortages in supply are often caused by resistance to poor quality development. We can and must do better, and garden cities are surely part of the answer.”

The conference will be of interest to potential entrants to the Prize, and anyone who cares about creating great new places: built environment professionals, local authority councillors and officers, developers and consultants, politicians, agents, property and land managers, and representative organisations.

Speakers include:
Lord Wolfson of Aspley Guise, Chief Executive of Next plc and Conservative peer
Miles Gibson, Prize Director, and former No 10 adviser on housing and planning
Trevor Osborne FRICS, Chair of the Prize Judges and Chief Executive of the Trevor Osborne Property Group
Professor Denise Bower, Executive Director-designate of the Major Projects Association, Prize Judge and Professor of Engineering Project Management at the University of Leeds
David Cowans FRSA, Group Chief Executive of Places for People, and Prize Judge
Paul Cheshire, Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography at the London School of Economics
Angela Brady, Architect, Director of Brady Mallalieu Architects Ltd and President of the Royal Institute of British Architects 2011-2013
John Lewis MRICS, Chief Executive of the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation

More speakers to be confirmed.

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