English Garden Cities

    SubTitle

    An introduction
    English Garden Cities large image 1
        Paperback / softback

        Publication Date

        31 Dec 2010

        Summary

        Written by the leading authority in the field, this book tells the story of a major development in England's urban and planning history and provides a timely popular survey of the achievements of the Garden City Movement and the challenge of change.
        9920311
        9920311

        Main Summary

          The Garden City Movement provided a radical new model for the design and layout of housing at the turn of the nineteenth century and set standards for the twentieth century which were of international significance.  The vision of the movement’s founder, Ebenezer Howard, drew on many strands of political and utopian thought, and initially aimed at addressing the problems of an increasingly urban and dysfunctional society along ‘the peaceful path to real reform’.  It took only five years, from 1898 to 1903 for the idea to take root in the open fields of North Hertfordshire, when Earl Grey proclaimed the Letchworth Garden City Estate open.  Letchworth was followed by Hampstead Garden Suburb, Welwyn Garden City and numerous smaller developments, and Garden City ideas informed both inter-war housing policy and New Town planning after the Second World War. Present-day issues such as sustainable development and eco-settlements have their roots in the Garden City.

          Written by the leading authority in the field, this book tells the story of a major development in England’s urban and planning history and provides a timely popular survey of the achievements of the Garden City Movement and the challenge of change. This will not only appeal to planners and conservation professionals, but also residents of the garden cities.

          Additional Information

          Series

          Informed Conservation

          Author

          Mervyn Miller

          Publishing Status

          Active

          Size

          210mm

          Number of Illustrations

          170

          Number of Pages

          124

          ISBN

          9781848020511

          Contents

            Acknowledgements
            Foreword
            1. Visions for change: reforming the 19th-century city
            2. Masterplanning the garden city communities
            3. Garden city homes
            4. Industry and commerce
            5. The Spirit of the Place
            6. Tudor Walters, Wythenshawe and the new towns
            7. Conservation and the challenge of change
            Notes
            References and further reading
            Gazetteer

            Reviews

              'Richly illustrated, this book will appeal not only to planners and conservationists and those lucky enough to live in garden cities, but to anyone interested in architecture and preserving the best of the past.'
              '[Mervyn Miller] has written a splendid account of the garden city movement for the informed enthusiast for architecture in a punchy, direct manner which is well illustrated with new and contemporary photography.'
              Janet Allen