Celebrating Welwyn Garden City at 100: learning from the past, transforming the present, re-imagining the future.


A creative exploration of the Garden City idea, an online conference and physical study tour

The enduring influence of Welwyn Garden City, and the Garden City Principles it sought to enshrine, is recognised internationally. This 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?


Agenda: Wednesday 15th September 2021 - Online Conference  

Plenary session 1: The Welwyn experiment – A century of innovation 

10:00

WELCOME FROM THE CHAIR

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

10:05

OFFICIAL WELCOMES

  • Peter Waine, Chairman, Welwyn Garden City Centenary Foundation
  • The Rt. Hon Grant Shapps MP, MP for Welwyn Hatfield (invited)

10:15

THE WELWYN EXPERIMENT - A CENTURY OF INNOVATION

A film on the history and lessons from Welwyn Garden City and the wider Garden City movement.

10:30

PANEL DISCUSSION, including:

  • David Lock CBE, Strategic Planning Adviser/Vice President, DLA/TCPA (invited) 
  • Elain Harwood, Architectural Historian, English Heritage  
  • Wei Yang, President of Royal Town Planning Institute FRTPI FAcSS

11:15

LESSONS FOR TOMORROW - GARDEN CITY PRINCIPLES FOR THE 21st CENTURY

  • Katy Lock, Director, Communities & Project Delivery (FJ Osborn Fellow)

11:30

Q&A

11:45

BREAK - Opportunity for delegates to visit exhibitor stands

12:15

PARALLEL BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Session A

Locating and consenting new Garden Cities   

Session B

People, power and homes for all

Session C

Finance and stewardship

Session D

Climate resilient and healthy Garden Cities

13:15

BREAK - Opportunity for delegates to visit exhibitor stands

Plenary session 2: A tomorrow for cities? The challenge and the choice

14:00

WELCOME BACK FROM THE CHAIR 

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

14:05

PLANNING FOR PEOPLE

Mitchell Silver, Commissioner, New York City Parks Department

14:20

CHALLENGE FOR THE PANEL

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

14:25

PROPOSITIONS FOR TOMORROW'S CITIES

Ensuring a just transition to climate resilience - Katherine Grieg, Senior Transition Specialist, FloodRe

Democracy and governance - who has power and what is the role of local people  - Pam Warhurst CBE, Founder and Chair, Incredible Edible Network

Land and freedom - Guy Shrubsole, Campaigner and author of Who Owns England?

15:25

CONCLUSIONS FROM THE CHAIR

Fiona Howie, Chief Executive, TCPA

15:30

CLOSE


Agenda: Thursday 16th September 2021 - Study Tours

Physical Study Tours of Welwyn Garden City (Virtual if restrictions are still in place)

10:30

TOUR 1: ARCHITECTURE

12:00

LUNCH & REFRESHMENTS

13:00

TOUR 2: PLAY AND ARTS

14:30

RECEPTION - Depending on restrictions

Agenda subject to change - further details to follow


Delegate fees

Online conference – Wednesday 15 September 2021

£20+vat (£24) for TCPA Concessionary Members & Welwyn Garden City residents

£50+vat (£60) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£90+vat (£108) for non-members

FREE for the first 30 TCPA Student Members

Study tours – Thursday 16 September 2021

£20+vat (£24) for TCPA Concessionary Members & Welwyn Garden City residents

£50+vat (£60) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£80+vat (£96) for non-members

Both days - Wednesday 15 - Thursday 16 September 2021

£35+vat (£42) for TCPA Concessionary Members & Welwyn Garden City residents

£80+vat (£96) for TCPA/IFHP Members

£150+vat (£180) for non-members


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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