Philip Cooke writes: Anyone involved in the government’s recent Garden Towns initiative might be
interested to read ‘Garden Cities- The British Example’, by Hungarian writer, Gergely Nagy, with a
revised English edition by Angela Eserin and Tony Skottoewe, published in 2013 in association with
the Welwyn Garden City Heritage Trust.
It’s a beautifully illustrated tour of the history and development of garden cities, beginning with an
exploration of ‘the perfect city’ in the renaissance world of 16th century England and the influence of
such utopian concepts on modern ‘scientific’ town planning.
It’s also a great read as a contemporary history of urban Europe and England, as seen through the
prism of the UK governments recently announced £3.7m fund for the creation of five new garden
towns across the country which will provide up to 64,000 new homes in ideal settings.