The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is to deliver a number of garden towns, garden villages and new developments. But what will they deliver for the Arc? New towns and villages might provide a relatively quick route to growth, but the Arc’s residents will demand a persuasive case for speedy development. People want places free from the growing pains of established towns and cities, rather than a fast track to the same old problems.
Successful places have a historical context that makes sense of them for residents and visitors; meaning that runs through them like the words in a stick of rock, even as appearances and activities evolve. Can that meaning be manufactured? And can we make places that give people the opportunity to change, so that the way we live is sustainable?
This webinar will ask:
• What are the Arc’s local authorities looking for from new settlements?
• Will new settlements encourage new and sustainable behaviours, or exacerbate existing challenges?
• What does the successful heart of a new community look like, in the Covid-19 era?
• How do we design settlements that can evolve?
• How can we be sure that principles and intentions are embedded in settlements, and not vulnerable to changing commercial or market conditions?
• Bev Hindle, executive director, Oxford Cambridge Arc Leadership Group
• Lord Matthew Taylor, author of the Garden Communities policies adopted by government and chair of West Carclaze Eco-Community in Cornwall
• Hannah Smart, director, Urban Edge
• Toby Fox, managing director, 3Fox (chair)