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Planning, reconstruction and peace in Welwyn Garden City (1920)

Planning, reconstruction and peace in Welwyn Garden City (1920)

Faith in the capacity of expert knowledge to build a better postwar world intersects with enduring visions of Britain as a “green and pleasant land” in this diagram of Louis de Soissons’s Town Plan for Welwyn Garden City. Modelled on the ideas of Sir Ebenezer Howard and the Garden Cities and Town Planning Association, work began on this new development in 1920.

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3 comments on “Planning, reconstruction and peace in Welwyn Garden City (1920)

  1. benjaminthomaswhite
    October 4, 2013

    A friend of mine in France did some public history/heritage work on the CitĂ©-Jardin de Stains (unfortunate name to the anglophone reader…), north of Paris. It was one of several built in the Paris area in the 1920s, very much under the influence of ‘les garden city’ across the Channel. The design of this 1933 plan showing their locations is extremely ‘moderne’:

    We had a happy stroll about the garden city on a sunny afternoon in September last year, including some of the overgrown back gardens. They have quite a good site about it in French (with some good images), and a patchier one in English:

    http://www.tourisme93.com/stains/cites-jardins-developpement-logement-social.html
    http://www.ville-stains.fr/en/index3.php#

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