Black Country Garden City

When the Wolfson Economic Prize posed the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?” MADE decided to answer.

When the Wolfson Economic Prize posed the question  “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?” MADE decided to answer.

Over the past few months a cross disciplinary team of professionals have developed a proposal for Albion – a Black Country Garden City.

Over 18 contributors including urban designers, architects, property developers, engineers, landscape architects, transport planners, ecologists, housing, sustainability and public health experts – and more – have collaborated to create this proposal and now you can see our vision for yourself - our entry to the prize can be downloaded below. 

We would love to know what you think of our ideas. 

The entry has been submitted and shortlisted entries will be asked to expand on their proposal.  If we get to that stage we will welcome more ideas and contributions to provide this detail. 

Even if we do not get to the next stage we still hope that this proposal is a valuable contribution to the debate about where we should build new homes and how our post industrial wastelands can be transformed as well as a means to reinvigorate a debate in the Black Country about environmental transformation.

 So get in touch, tell us what you think.

For more information about the project please contact David Tittle via email or on 0121 348 7980

Visit the project blog to see how we created our entry here

You can download our entry here

Albion: a Garden City

"Garden city thinking should not be trapped in the 1920s. All that we have learnt in the late 20th century and since about urbanism, city living, street design, urban regeneration, the property market, localism, development trusts, and sustainable transport and energy should inform the 21st century garden city. That is what we have done with Albion" David Tittle MADE CEO

"We believe that our location gives us massive advantages in terms of existing infrastructure, public service, parks and green spaces, access to employment and a history of co-operation between public and private bodies that translates into big savings in the costs of development"