New Garden Cities Event: an update

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.

On 28 January 2014 the team behind the Prize, and leading thinkers on land use, housing and place-making came together at The Building Centre to explore the issues raised by the prize in more detail.

A video of Simon Wolfson's speech and Q&A session, as well as audio files and slides from the event are available below.

If you would like to keep in touch with the progress of the Prize, you can follow the Prize's Twitter feed at @WEP2014 - or visit the website at

Speakers for the event:

  • 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








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