Posted: 2016-03-29, in category: Uncategorized
Even the name ‘Garden City’ conjures up visions of an idyllic living environment with bushes, trees, flowers, and beautifully designed buildings. Of course this is not too far from the original intention, which promised a much more preferable alternative to the grey anonymity of the industrial city. Garden cities would combine the best aspects of town and country living, and comprise of a purpose designed city surrounded by open countryside. This rural area could be used for production of food and leisure activities for the city inhabitants.
A town in the county of Hertfordshire, by the name of Letchworth, became the first garden city in the world, and influenced many other similar projects at home and abroad, such as Welwyn Garden City, also in Hertfordshire.
A book written by social reformer Ebenezer Howard in 1898, talked about his dream of a new kind of town which would incorporate all of the positive sides of cities and the countryside without the negative sides. Residential and industrial areas would be separate and never the twain shall meet! Throw in abundant greenery and some grassy open spaces and you have a winning recipe for happiness. The feeling was that this plan is something that everyone would agree with and throw themselves into wholeheartedly. Although the idea was mocked by the press at the time, who dismissed the concept as idealistic and unworkable.
Garden cities did not simply represent clever urban planning, but promoted the idea of a unique community management system relating to structure and financing. However, this element of Garden City life has never come to fruition within any of the existing schemes. Letchworth has had a pretty successful history, with quite an impressive list of notable residents including artists, actors, sports stars, rock band members and writers. George Orwell author of the famous novels ‘1984’ and ‘Animal Farm’ had strong associations with the area in the 30’s and 40’s.
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