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We brought together a panel of experts from the economics, design, psychology and sociology spheres for this campaign, which advocates for the densification of existing cities to address the UK housing crisis.

We began with a roundtable discussion exploring the extent of the housing shortage and the intended role of garden cities as a solution. From here, we worked with the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) to undertake quantitative research and economic modelling of alternative scenarios, and published a report that argues against garden cities and puts forward ideas for greener, more economically viable and socially sustainable solutions.


Vital Cities not Garden Cities


  • Ben Bolgar
    Ben BolgarSenior Director, Prince’s Foundation for Building Community
  • Dr Christine Whitehead
    Dr Christine WhiteheadProfessor of Housing, London School of Economics
  • Colm Sheehy
    Colm SheehySenior Economist, Centre for Economics and Business Research
  • Frances Gannon
    Frances GannonArchitect, Make Architects
  • Greg Willis
    Greg WillisArchitect, Make Architects
  • Dr Iqbal Hamiduddin
    Dr Iqbal HamiduddinLecturer of Transport Planning and Housing, University College London
  • John Prevc
    John PrevcArchitect, Make Architects
  • Dr Katherine Drayson
    Dr Katherine DraysonEnvironment and Energy Research Fellow, The Policy Exchange
  • Dr Ken Shuttleworth
    Dr Ken ShuttleworthFounder and Chair, Future Spaces Foundation
  • Paul Swinney
    Paul SwinneySenior Economist, Centre for Cities
  • Richard Hebditch
    Richard HebditchAssistant Director of External Affairs, The National Trust
  • Toby Lloyd
    Toby LloydHead of Policy, Shelter
  • Trudi Elliot CBE
    Trudi Elliot CBEChief Executive, Royal Town Planning Institute