Contemporary Urban Environments: Planning a New Garden Village (CANCELLED)
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Unfortunately, the event organisers have taken the decision to cancel this event. We’re sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.


The government is promoting a new generation of Garden Villages around England as part of its policy of increasing housing supply. Garden Villages are new settlements that are characterised by higher levels of sustainability than standard housing estates, with distinct identities as new places.
Garden villages provide the opportunity to plan innovatively to meet the needs of future generations, by planning for a sustainable mix of housing, providing sustainable energy supplies, sustainable drainage, natural and green spaces and promoting sustainable travel. This 6th form event (two talks and a workshop) will examine the challenges and opportunities of planning for a new Garden Village. The event will link into key themes on the curriculum including sustainable urban development, social equity, urban climate, and health and wellbeing.


There will be two talks to start the workshop. The first talk will be about the history of new settlements in England, from the Garden Cities of the early 20th C to the garden villages of today. The second talk will be given by planners working on a real garden village proposal (Culm Garden Village near Cullompton) about the opportunities that Garden Villages provide to introduce design innovations to enhance sustainability, and the process of designing a new settlement.


The workshop will allow students to work in small groups (of up to six students) on a proposed Garden Village layout. Students will have the opportunity to use Google Earth Pro on laptops as well as printed maps providing a variety of relevant spatial information to analyse the site opportunities and constraints. Students will be asked in their groups to suggest the broad layout of the new settlement and to suggest innovative design ideas that would contribute to sustainable living. In the process they will find out how site constraints and opportunities can shape the development layout, but also about how early design thinking can enable innovative design ideas. They will also consider how to balance the needs of different groups within the population. They will capture their discussion and conclusions in the form of an annotated map. 


09:30 - 10:00 Arrive on campus Shauna Crewes, Outreach Officer
10:00 - 10:10 Welcome Dr Olivia Wilson and Shauna Crewes
10:10 - 10:40 New settlements in England, past and present Dr Stephen Essex MRTPI, University of Plymouth  
10:40 - 11:00 Example - Culm Garden Village, Mid Devon Tristan Peat and Tina Maryan, Mid Devon District Council
11:00 - 11:15 Introduction to the Garden Village workshop Dr Olivia Wilson, University of Plymouth
11:15 - 12:45 Small Group Workshop on Culm Garden Village Dr Olivia Wilson, Jane Thorning and Student Ambassadors  
12:45 - 13:00 Evaluate and close Shauna Crewes, Outreach Officer

Although the event closes at 13:00, there is the option to extend your visit with an optional tour of our campus, ending the day at 14:30.

This event is open to year 12 students with a maximum capacity of 50 students (ten from each school). Spaces will be offered on a first-come-first-serve basis so please contact us asap to book your place. 

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