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RTPI congratulates Wolfson Prize winner

04 September 2014

The RTPI congratulates David Rudlin from URBED on winning the second Wolfson Economics Prize tackling the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?” with his scheme ‘Uxcester’.

All the shortlisted entries are impressive in that they demonstrate in their different ways the importance of spatial planning.

Cath Ranson, President of the RTPI, said: “I congratulate the David and his colleagues for their innovation, dedication, and obvious passion for delivering much needed new housing within the garden city model. I also want to say how deserving Shelter were of the runner up prize.

David’s entry is a worthy winner, yet all the shortlisted entries are impressive in that they demonstrate in their different ways the importance of spatial planning, and how it is vital to integrate transport, housing, and supporting infrastructure. Each also illustrate the science and art of town planning extremely effectively.

 
Substantially credit should be given to Lord Wolfson, Miles Gibson the organiser of the prize, and the judges. The Wolfson Economics Prize has tackled a major issue head on, drawn attention to the importance of town planning, raised the awareness of the raising scale of housing need across Britain, and has helped make the debate about new housing development a much more positive one. It’s an impressive achievement.”
 
The RTPI is supporting a tour of the exhibition of the shortlisted projects later in the year.