Don’t you just love it when someone comes up with an idea you had, more or less, ages ago, and gets a prize for it when they do it. Grrr! Well, I am pleased to say that one of my ideas this year has won the Policy Exchange think tank’s Wolfson Economic Prize which called for ideas about “garden cities”.
The winning submission, but David Rudlin and others of URBED, is based on the idea of doubling the size of existing cities by weaving linked “garden suburbs” into their original topology. One of the examples they use, based on Oxford, is shown in the accompanying illustration.
Long terms readers of this blog may remember, however, that as long as six years ago there was a report from the Centre for Cities that suggested that places like Oxford and Cambridge, with global knowledge economy reach, ought to be allowed to expand to perhaps up to a million households before their agglomeration benefits would be exhausted. And that back then, in August 2008, for a bit of fun, I superimposed J H Crawford’s “Car Free Cities” topology of urban extensions onto Oxford to get a city of a million population.
Quite similar, in principle, I hope you’ll agree.