RSA Poundbury: How might starting with place shape a different future? - RSA

RSA Poundbury: How might starting with place shape a different future?

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Pavilion in The Park (PiP), Poundbury, DT1 2FG Ltd,

  • Sustainability
  • People & place
  • Communities
  • Housing
  • Environment

Helena Conibear FRSA invites Fellows to an afternoon in Poundbury, an urban extension to the Dorset county town of Dorchester. 

Poundbury is built on Duchy of Cornwall land. It is an integrated rather than zoned development, consciously designed to challenge a number of the town planning trends and policies of the 20th century; isolated housing estates and shopping centres far from places of work and leisure, forcing ever greater reliance on the car.

There are four key principles in particular which have been pioneered at Poundbury:

  • Architecture of place. Creating beauty and reflecting local character and identity.
  • Integrated Affordable Housing. Integrated with and indistinguishable from private housing, offering a variety of options.
  • A walkable community. Designed to be welcoming and useable for pedestrians rather than just the car.
  • A mix of uses. Integrating homes with retail and other employment uses and public areas.

All key to the philosophy of the RSA’s Regenerative Futures programme. There will be an opportunity to hear from Helena, about her work as CEO and Founder of Alcohol Education Trust,  including details of their 350K capital fundraising campaign to build Pavilion in the Park ( PiP) on the Great Field Poundbury.

The event will start at 12:00 with a soup and sandwich lunch and hot drinks provided, and of course an opportunity to meet and connect with other FRSA.  

After lunch there will be a tour of Poundbury led by Simon Conibear, former Estates Director for The Duchy of Cornwall and leader of the development of Poundbury from its outset for 20 years.   

Places are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

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