April 22-23, 2021

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? 

On Wednesday 21 April, 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.

Please note that this event was originally scheduled to take place in September 2020.
The programme is in development and will be published later this year.

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]


International Federation for Housing and Planning    
The Bartlett School of Planning
Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust   
Welwyn Garden City Society

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