The Recommission for New Towns, Stevenage, July 30, 2016
All photos by Emile Holba
Ken Worpole is the author of books on architecture, landscape and public policy. In 1999 he edited a Festscrift for Colin Ward, Richer Futures, published by Earthscan, and has continued to write about Ward’s influence on housing, play, and the politics of self-sufficiency. Other books include Modern Hospice Design (2009), Contemporary Library Architecture (2013), The New English Landscape (2014), with photographer Jason Orton, and New Jerusalem: the good city and the good society (2015). Ken’s website is: www.worpole.net. He also writes at www.thenewenglishlandscape.wordpress.com
Chris Smith is a filmmaker who explores the relationship between people and their environments, the impact of technology on pysches and the juxtoposition of the everyday with the uncanny. His recent work includes the Imogen Heap documentary Cumulus and the science-fiction film All that is solid. His latest project is a feature-length documentary about life in Basildon called New Town Utopia. You can read more about the film on Chris’s website: www.citizensmith.net
Ruth Potts is a lecturer in Ecological Design Thinking at Schumacher College and a co-founder of bread, print & roses, a collective engaged in seditious pamphleteering, radical walking, anarchist baking and transformative education. Her work includes co-authorship of the New Economics Foundation’s Clone Town Britain reports, and The New Materialism. You can read more about Ruth’s work here: www.breadprintandroses.org
Alina Congreve is principal lecturer in sustainable planning at the University of Hertfordshire, and a resident of Stevenage. Her research covers a range of energy, housing and built environment projects; she currently runs an online group for academics working on new towns, and has also previously campaigned against cuts to local services. You can read more about Alina’s work here:
New Town residents
We would like to thank the following for their help and support in producing this event: curator Jo Ward and all staff at Stevenage Museum; speakers Ken Worpole, Christopher Smith, Ruth Potts, Alina Congreve, Gillian Pitt; Mikey and Rick at The People Speak (Talkaoke); Simon Speller and colleagues at Stevenage Borough Council/Herts County Council; Jim Brown and members of Stevenage Cyclists’ Touring Club; local historian Hugh Madgin; photographer Emile Holba; the JR James Archive/University of Sheffield; all friends not named here; all those who came on the day.