Join us for an informal debate on the topic of Garden Cities and the future of the UK.
This Soapbox is in response to the £250,000 Wolfson Economic Prize that was awarded in September on the topic of “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular"? David Cameron and Nick Clegg have both been cited as saying garden cities are credible responses to the UK’s housing shortage and many architects and urbanists, notably Richard Rogers, claim that the award is encouraging a proposal that aims to “empty out existing cities and that is a ridiculous idea.” Furthermore, an amount in the vicinity of £140M were allocated to the infrastructure of a new planned garden city called Bicester in the 2014 Autumn Statement this December.
In typical Soapbox format, we will have two speakers with opposing viewpoints and we encourage an informal, lively discussion to follow.
The Soapbox is presented by the Association of Consulting Architects.