The second Wolfson Economics Prize, launched on 14th November 2013, will be awarded to the entrant who offers the best answer to the question “How would you deliver a new Garden City which is visionary, economically viable, and popular?”
The case for garden cities is overwhelming with the current housing situation in the UK creating hardship and inequality for millions of people. But finding an innovative way to build communities that truly provide for and support their residents is not simple to achieve. The 2014 Wolfson Economics Prize therefore seeks to develop an answer to the question of how to bring about a new garden city.
About the Wolfson Economics Prize
The prize rules can be found in full here (p11-14). The deadline for primary submissions will be 0900 (GMT) on Monday 3 March 2014.
Entrants are asked to explore the Prize question in detail in a submission of up to 10,000 words (plus a Non-Technical Summary of 1,000 words). Entrants can also include charts, maps, tables, etc, and are welcome to add Appendices containing ancillary material.
Entrants are strongly advised to structure their submissions to cover the three closely interrelated criteria identified in the Prize question: vision, economic viability (and thus governance) and popularity. These three criteria are laid out in greater detail here (p5-6).
Full details on the awarding of the Prize can be found here (p11-14).
Two rounds of entry submissions will take place, a primary round and a secondary round. The primary round will be open to all entrants - the Prize judges will subsequently review these submissions and draw up a shortlist of entrants to be invited to elaborate on their primary submission with a secondary submission.
The Judges will read each of the secondary submissions and decide the winning entrant from among those submissions on merit. The overall winner will receive the £250,000 prize. Runner-up prizes of £10,000 will be awarded to entrants who submitted secondary submissions but did not win the overall prize.
Judges also have the discretion to award Additional Prizes ("Light Bulb Prizes") from a fund of £5,000 to recognise entrants whose submissions address aspects of the Prize Question in particularly innovative, creative or otherwise outstanding ways.
Entry forms for the prize can be downloaded here. These should be submitted alongside your entry.
All submissions should be made to - emails must not exceed 20MB in size. The deadline for primary submissions will be 0900 (GMT) on Monday 3 March 2014.
The judges are:
(Chair of the Judges) Trevor Osborne - Chief Executive, The Trevor Osborne Property Group
Professor Denise Bower - Director of the Engineering Project Academy at the University of Leeds
David Cowans - Group Chief Executive, Places for People
Pascal Mittermaier - Director of Sustainability EMEA and Project Director, Elephant & Castle Regeneration Lend Lease
Tony Pidgley CBE - Chairman, The Berkeley Group
More information about the judges can be found here (p7-9).