Poundbury Walking Tour led by Owen Hatherley
Architecture critic Owen Hatherley leads a walking tour exploring the Prince of Wales’ model urban settlement and debates how future garden cities might respond.
Poundbury stands above the picturesque Dorset landscape as a physical manifestation of the views laid out by the Prince of Wales in his seminal work A Vision of Britain nearly 30 years ago. The ambitious project has over several decades transformed an exposed hilltop outside Dorchester into an alternative manifesto for a radical future which is walkable, human scale and traditionally-styled. Now just seven years away from its completion and as the UK prepares for a fresh wave of ‘garden cities’, the unique large-scale planned community offers a fascinating opportunity to test its makers’ ideals against reality.
Architecture critic Owen Hatherley – author of Militant Modernism, A Guide to the New Ruins of Great Britain and Landscapes of Communism – will lead a critical tour dissecting the development’s past, present and future. Participants will travel by coach from London to Dorchester where they will step into a comprehensive landscape of winding lanes, squares and accidental vistas designed by a Classical roll call of architects including Leon Krier, Francis Terry, Ben Bentreath, Barbara Weiss Architects, Adam Architecture, John Simpson Architects, Craig Hamilton Architects, Francis Roberts Architects.
The full day will include a guided tour led by Hatherley, a buffet lunch in the Duchess of Cornwall inn, free time for exploration and a panel discussion inside the iconic Brownsword Hall chaired by AF director Ellis Woodman with Hab Housing design director Isabel Allen and Graham Bizley of Prewitt Bizley Architects.
Start: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU
End: Royal College of Art, Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2EU
Time: 8.45am to 9pm
Please be at the RCA by 8.45am. The coach will depart at 9am.
0900 – 1200 Travel RCA to Poundbury
1200 – 1330 Tour group 1
1300 – 1430 Buffet lunch
1400 – 1530 Tour group 2
1600 – 1700 Panel discussion
1730 – 2030 Travel Poundbury to RCA