Join us for a two-day creative exploration of the Garden City idea as one of the signature events to celebrate the centenary of Welwyn Garden City in 2020.

The enduring influence of Welwyn Garden City, and the garden city principles it sought to enshrine, is recognised internationally. This two-day event will bring together expert speakers and commentators from across the world to generate lively discussion and interventions designed to address the 21st century challenges of providing places where people want to live, and can afford to do so.

We will consider the legacy and the future of the Garden City and the countless places it inspired; What went right? What could have been done better? And above all, how can we apply this practical experience both at home and abroad, against a context of population growth, the climate emergency and the need for sustainable living? 

Confirmed speakers include Mitchell Silver, New York City Parks and Recreation Department; David Lock CBE, Strategic Planning Adviser, DLA and Vice President, TCPA; Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, English Heritage; Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation; Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder and Chair, Incredible Edible Network; Guy Shrubsole, Campaigner and Investigator, Friends of the Earth; Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA and Group Director, Placemaking & Regeneration, Places for People; and Katy Lock, Director of Communities and FJ Osborn Fellow, TCPA; further speakers to be announced. To book your place please scroll to the bottom of this page. 

On Wednesday 9 September 2020, the eve of the conference, we will be holding a very special Gala Dinner in the Banqueting Hall of the Old Palace at Hatfield House, home of Lord Salisbury, the Patron of the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation, who has kindly agreed to host us. For more information regarding the dinner please click here.

PROGRAMME (Please note that the programme is still in development and subject to change.)

THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER - VENUE: CAMPUS WEST, WELWYN GARDEN CITY AL8 6BX 

09:00-09:30

Registration 
Tea & Coffee

09:30-10:45

Plenary 1A – THE WELWYN EXPERIMENT - A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

09:30-09:35   Welcome from Welwyn Centenary Foundation and TCPA

09:35-09:40   Introduction from Chair - Gillian Darley, President of the Twentieth Century Society (invited)

09:40-10:00   Sir Frederic Osborn and family of Welwyn Garden City: living the dream, and spreading                                                  the word - David Lock CBE, Strategic Planning Adviser, DLA and Vice President, TCPA 

10:00-10:20   From Garden Cities to New Towns - Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, English Heritage 

10:20-10:40   Q&A with speakers

10:40-10:45   Closing Remarks from the Chair

10:45-11:15

Tea/Coffee/Networking

11:15-12:45

Plenary 1B – GARDEN CITIES FOR TOMORROW 

11:15-11:20    Welcome from Chair - Kate Henderson, Chief Executive, National Housing Federation

11:20-11:40    Ministerial Address & Q&A - Speaker TBC

11:45 –11:55  Garden City Principles for the 21st Century - Katy Lock, Director of Communities and FJ Osborn                                    Fellow, TCPA 

11:55-12:05   The Land Question - Guy Shrubsole, Campaigner and Investigator, Friends of the Earth 

12:05-12:15   Homes for All  - Polly Neate CBE, Chief Executive, Shelter (invited)

12:15-12:40   Q&A with Panel 

12:40-12:45   Closing Remarks from the Chair, plus breakout instructions

12:45-13:30

Tea/Coffee/Networking

13:30-14:00

Moving between venues to: The Focolare Centre for Unity, 69 Parkway, Welwyn Garden City AL8 6JG

14:00-15:15

Breakout Sessions 1 

Session A
Location & Consent - The Land Question

Session B
People, Planning & Power

Session C
Finance & Delivery

Session D
Climate Resilient Garden Cities

Session E
Healthy Garden Cities

Session F
Welwyn Garden City Walking Tour 


15:15-15:45


Tea/Coffee/Networking

15:45-17:00

Breakout Sessions 2 - Sessions repeated from above

18:00-22:00

Evening social

FRIDAY 11TH SEPTEMBER - VENUE: HEART BUILDING, TESCO HQ, WELWYN GARDEN CITY AL7 1TW

09:00-09:30

Registration
Tea & Coffee

09:30-10:45

Plenary 2A - A TOMORROW FOR CITIES? – THE CHALLENGE (FACILITATED CONVERSATION)

09:30-09:35   Welcome from Chair - Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA and Group Director, Placemaking & Regeneration, Places for People 


09:35-10:05   Planning for People
                        Mitchell Silver, Commissioner, New York City Parks Department

                       Panel – Top three challenges/solutions for future cities (Climate) 
                        Speaker TBC

                       Panel - Top three challenges/solutions for future cities (Equality & Diversity)
                        Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder and Chair, Incredible Edible Network

10:20-10:40   Q&A with speakers

10:40-10:45   Closing Remarks from the Chair

10:45-11:15

Tea/Coffee/Networking

11:15-12:30

Plenary 2B - A TOMORROW FOR CITIES?  - THE CHOICE

11:15-11:20   Welcome from the Chair Mary Parsons, Chair, TCPA and Group Director, Placemaking & Regeneration, Places for People 

                        Film: Perspectives on the Future

                        Debate: A New Future
                         Dr Hugh Ellis, Director of Policy, TCPA 

12:05-12:25  Q&A with Panel - Speaker TBC

12:25-12:30  Closing remarks from Chair 

12:30-13:30

Lunch and Networking

13:30-17:00

Optional Study Tours

Tour 1
Welwyn Garden City - Architecture

Tour 2
Welwyn Garden City - Play & Arts

Tour 3
Letchworth Garden City

Tour 4
Milton Keynes

Booking

Tickets start at just £90 for TCPA members*/£240 non-members, with some concessions available upon request. 

Find out more about becoming a TCPA member. 

View the full list of fees and discounts.

Supporting this event

This event is being organised in partnership with the Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation and is kindly being supported by the Lady Margaret Patterson Osborn Trust 

If you are interested in supporting this event please contact [email protected]





To find out about other centenary events, visit the WGC Centenary website


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