PRESS RELEASE: Wolfson Economics Prize Exhibition opens at The Building Centre

The Building Centre, in partnership with the Wolfson Economics Prize, has announced today that it will present a new exhibition on the Prize next month. The exhibition explores Garden Cities as a possible solution to the housing crisis. Highlights include:
• Up to 40 Garden Cities needed, say prize finalists
• Neighbourhood planning and scalability are leading topics for entrants
• Housing, transport, investment and planning strategies mapped out
• Community pay-back plans suggested to win local support
• Theoretical ideas ready to be developed. Practical solutions ready to be adopted
• See the winning entry, all four finalists and selected highlights

The winner of the £250,000 Wolfson Economics prize will be announced on 3 September 2014. To coincide with this announcement The Building Centre has teamed up with the prize organisers to exhibit 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.

Colin Tweedy, Chief Executive of The Building Centre said: ‘We were delighted to hear the subject of this year’s Wolfson Economics Prize and we have been working closely with the team behind the prize since its announcement. Housing is a key issue for the UK, we welcome innovative ideas to help boost house-building and we were pleased to see that design quality, community engagement and sustainability were key themes throughout the entries. Our exhibition offers an accessible overview of the prize whilst keeping to the integrity of the submissions. We hope it stimulates debate and keeps the topic of housing firmly on the agenda.’

Simon Wolfson, founder of the Wolfson Economics Prize, said: ‘I am delighted that we have been able to stage this fantastic exhibition to convey the great ideas proposed by entrants to a wider audience. Anyone who has an interest in how we might build visionary, economically viable and popular Garden Cities will want to visit it.’

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