Friday, 28 March 2014

Charley in New Town

If you haven’t seen this charming little film by the Central Office of Information on the British Government’s 1948 New Town strategy then you should have.

If Britain is to experience a wave of New Towns then where should they be built? Should they be built on virgin green land, retrofitted to existing low-density sprawl or built on existing brownfield sites? The second  two options are worthy of serious consideration. The wave of New Towns built after the War were not always built on entirely new green sites but were sometimes expansions of existing towns. Basingstoke was such a town. The ill-fated Eco Towns were proposed on land which was often brownfield former- military sites.

I wonder when was the last time the British Government made an animated film explaining its urban design policies?

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