Design Competition

Re-imagining the Garden City

We are working with the RIBA on a design ideas competition called, ‘Re-Imagining the Garden City’.

This design ideas competition aims to discover new design approaches for a modern garden city to meet the needs of the 21st century, whilst recapturing the pioneering spirit that led to the development of the world’s first garden city at Letchworth Garden City.  We hope that this will help shift the debate more towards place making as part of the discussion concerning major new housing development and new settlements.

Where is the land in question?

The Competition invited architect-led design teams to explore garden city living and place making to meet 21st century needs, using the 45 Hectare site to the north of the Grange Estate in Letchworth, as a case study.

Initial Responses to the design competition

The first phase of the Competition attracted 95 entries from competitors based in Australia; France; Germany; India; Iran; Italy; the Netherlands; Poland; Thailand; the United Kingdom and the United States of America.  Following appraisal of the anonymous design submissions, the authors of the four short‐listed teams (in alphabetical order of design team lead) were identified as follows:

  • EcoResponsive Environments
  • CF MØller Architects UK Ltd
  • Sarah Wigglesworth Architects
  • Stride Treglown

Give your feedback

By clicking on each of the boxes below, you'll be taken to a more detailed page about each of the proposed designs. Whilst voting has now closed, you can still provide your feedback on the proposals via our online form. 

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