Cultural institutions, urban planners, architects, historians, heritage societies, municipalities, policy makers, resident organizations and all others related to or interested in garden cities and green, social and sustainable environments.
The Garden city movement inspired almost every country in the world, we can find garden cities and garden suburbs all around the globe. Nowadays the concepts from the garden city movement are more relevant than ever, especially in light of the pressing climate change. They offer many insights regarding the discussions on the past and future of ecological and sustainable environments.
Heritage and sustainability
Many garden cities were built in the beginning of the twentieth century, and some are even older. Most of these cities have important heritage significances. One of the pressing issues is how to preserve heritage whilst modernizing these environments for a sustainable future. Modernizing means integrating new ways of heating, the insulation of houses, placing solar panels and searching for new cooperative initiatives.
Density, greenery and sustainability
Garden cities should not be regarded as a conservative, but as a progressive basis for modernization. They continue to inspire new developments and provide the outlines for new sustainable habitats. However, the increasing popularity of the city causes the densification of many cities around the world. Therefore we need to redefine the garden city in terms of density, greenery and sociality.
Together with the University of Amsterdam we are creating sustainable ideas for new planned developments, for example the development of high-density neighbourhood (50.000 new houses) ‘Haven-Stad’ in Amsterdam.
New ideas on the modern garden city
Only with the history of garden cities we can generate new ideas for the garden city of the 21st century. Exemplary is EcoResponsive Environments recent winning scheme in the RIBA competition for the expansion of Letchworth (UK), which is the famous garden city initiated by Ebenezer Howard in 1903. Ecoresponsive Environments reimagined the garden city holistically, from the urban plan to detailed sub-levels, for a sustainable and future-proof city expansion.
Nowadays the concepts of the garden city movement must be adapted, revised and applied for new innovative solutions. That is why Museum Het Schip started the project World Garden Cities with various partners inside and outside the Netherlands, including multiple housing associations and the municipality of Hilversum (the largest garden city in The Netherlands, famous because of the work of architect W.M. Dudok). Museum Het Schip is establishing a large international network of garden cities with everyone involved and we are looking for new international partners.
Floris Weekhout (Junior-curator at Museum Het Schip, The Netherlands)
Annette Koenders (Senior policy advisor cultural heritage at the municipality of Hilversum, The Netherlands)
Lotte Portier (Policy advisor cultural heritage at the municipality of Hilversum, The Netherlands)
Isabel Timmermans (intern researcher at Museum Het Schip and the municipality of Hilversum)
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