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Talks & Workshops

The Art of Building a Garden City


The Art of Building a Garden City

Presented by the Fred Roche Foundation

Wednesday 27 September / 7pm / £3


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The concept of the Garden City is the most radical and relevant legacy of the British town planning tradition. Its pioneers aspired to provide a blend of environmental sustainability, social inclusion, and steely economics; with the nation now facing an acute housing crisis, many argue that these principles are more relevant now than ever. 


Renewed interest in the idea has sparked a wave of developments branding themselves as Garden Cities, Garden Villages, or even ‘new’ New Towns. But is this term just a popular political buzzword? How can we ensure new Garden Cities don’t just result in bland housing estates with a few trees? 


The Town & Country Planning Association (TCPA) was founded by Garden City creator Ebenezer Howard in 1899 and has been leading the renewed campaign for a new generation of Garden Cities to tackle today’s housing crisis, learning the lessons  - good and bad – from what has been done before (including in the existing Garden Cities and New Towns like Milton Keynes).  


This talk is a follow up to the FRF event held in February that examined the Government’s interest in the Cambridge/Milton Keynes/Oxford growth corridor, and the possibility of an additional 782,000 to 1,020,000 new homes by 2050 and starts the debate on the most appropriate form of growth and new settlements for the region and how this could impact on Milton Keynes.    


Join us for an evening of debate reflecting on lessons from the past and how we can make sure new Garden Cities reflect their radical, co-operative and environmental roots.  


Speakers so far include the TCPA’s Garden Cities & New Towns Policy Manager, Katy Lock. More TBA soon. 


Katy is co-author of the TCPA’s latest book, published by the RIBA on the history and future development of new communities. 

September 2017


The Fred Roche Foundation celebrates the life of Fred Roche (1931-1992), who led the team in the 1970s who built the new city of Milton Keynes.  The Foundation endeavors to keep his spirit of creative exploration, innovation and vision alive in Milton Keynes.  


He believed in the power – or rather the duty – of architecture to improve society.  If Milton Keynes is one person’s creation, it was Fred Roche’s”.  (Stephen Bayley, The Guardian)