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"Garden Cities - An Ideal to be Pursued": TCPA and IFHP addresses international symposium in Paris

Last week of April in Paris the "International Symposium on Garden Cities: an ideal to be pursued" recognised the success and ongoing inspiration of the garden cities movement.

More than 200 decision-makers, politicians, local authorities, officials and professionals from architecture, heritage, housing, urban development and planning fields joined together during this major exchange meeting held by the IAU-Idf (L’Institut d’aménagement et d’urbanisme), together with leading housing and planning charity, TCPA (Town and Country Planning Association) and the IFHP. The IFHP and TCPA share a common heritage through their founder, Ebenezer Howard, who invented the world renowned Garden City model.

Kate Henderson, TCPA Chief Executive, who addressed the symposium said:
“The TCPA is delighted to be part of this international symposium in Paris which highlights that garden cities are not just a hot topic in England.”
“This event illustrates the enduring influence and global legacy of Ebenezer Howard and the garden cities movement. Today, just as we did a century ago, we face a housing crisis and the need to create beautiful, inclusive, well designed and prosperous places that will stand the test of time, as well as finding a way to plan for climate change.”

“There are thirty-four Garden Suburbs in the Greater Paris Region (Ile de France) and it is a testimony to their success that this Symposium, which is seeking to tackle the challenges of our cities of tomorrow, is looking to the garden cities model for inspiration.”

As part of the TCPA’s ongoing garden cities campaign, the Association will be hosting a series of FREE regional seminars across the country to address how TCPA can deliver the next generation of garden cities and apply the principles at all scales of development. These seminars build upon the recently launched ‘Creating Garden Cities and Suburbs Today - a guide for councils’.
This year the IFHP is also delighted to be co-partnering with the TCPA for our Centenary Congress in London this June.

Commenting on the Congress, Kate Henderson said:
“‘A Tomorrow for Cities: for people, by people’ is an unmissable opportunity for people involved in the development industry, the environmental movement and those concerned with social justice to network and share experiences. The event not only provides the opportunity to celebrate one hundred years of promoting good planning across the globe, it provides the opportunity for leading-edge, radical thinking and problem-solving about the present and future development of our towns and cities.”

The IFHP and the TCPA is grateful to the Lady Margaret Paterson Osborn Trust for supporting the Association's involvement in the Paris Garden Cities Symposium.