The garden city movement: from Ebenezer to Ebbsfleet

George Osborne’s plan for 15,000 homes in Kent is rooted in the vision of a radical socialist, but can the model work today?

The garden city movement: from ebenezer to ebbsfleet

Tory policies often come from unlikely places, but when George Osborne unveiled his grand plan for a “proper garden city” at Ebbsfleet in Kent, did he realise he was backing a socialist movement for collective land reform?

“Garden city” may have become a byword for the cosy middle England ideal of privet hedges and twitching net curtains, but it began as a radical campaign for co-operative development, set out by parliamentary stenographer Ebenezer Howard in the 1890s. In reaction to the overcrowding and industrial pollution of growing Victorian cities, Howard launched his vision for a series of ideal towns, contained by rolling green belts, that would separate housing from industry and combine the best of the city and the countryside.

“Human society and the beauty of nature are meant to be enjoyed together,” he wrote in Tomorrow: A Peaceful Path to Real Reform, in 1898. “Town and Country must be married, and out of this joyous union will spring a new hope, a new life, a new civilization.”

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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