The Urbanist

New-towns movement

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10 October 2019

Episode 417

30 minutes


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Purpose planned and purpose built, the new-towns movement sought to let some air out of congested industrialised centres after the Second World War. But how have these towns fared and could a fresh wave of them be the cure to some of the 21st century’s urban ailments?

10 October 2019

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

New-town Britain

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Monocle editor Andrew Tuck takes us back to 1971 to tell us all about the UK’s new-town model.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Georgia Wrighton

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The course leader for town-planning at the University of Brighton tells us more about the history of the new-town movement.

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Chapter 3

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Chapter 3

Case study 1: Tapiola

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Back in the 1950s, the town of Tapiola on Finland’s southern coast became one of the first new towns in continental Europe.

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Chapter 4

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Chapter 4

Case study 2: Milton Keynes

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This UK conurbation of 250,000 people has become famous for its abundant greenery, its mall in place of a high street and a gridded road system –punctuated by copious roundabouts.

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Chapter 5

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Chapter 5

'New Towns, Our Town – Stories on Screen'

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A film project that celebrates the story of the new-town movement in the UK and the unique social history of these pioneering towns.

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