Wolfson Economics Prize

Garden Cities

At £250,000, The Wolfson Economics Prize is the biggest economics award after the Nobel Prize. This year, the prize focussed on the delivery of Garden Cities with the question ‘how would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable and popular’.

Working closely with the team behind the prize this exhibition showcases some of the brightest ideas on Garden Cities captured from over 200 entries. The winning entry and other finalists are the focus of the exhibition with their research, insights, planning diagrams and illustrations on display.

The exhibition of finalists work has been edited to include key statements, quotes and powerful abstracts from their full submissions. Visitors can rapidly understand the proposed ideas from the exhibition with the full essays on-hand for further reading. The essays, which include detailed analytics and explanatory graphs can be read in situ with seating and tables available.

A foreword from the team behind the prize and a brief history of Garden Cities accompany the rest of the exhibition. Highly commended entries and children’s entries are on show with ‘light bulb moments’, extracts from submissions each awarded a £1,000 prize for innovative ideas also displayed.

The exhibition is generously supported by the Royal Town Planning Institute and the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation.