A series exploring the theory and practice in the architecture and design of villages, towns and cities of Britain.

Building Blocks of Civilisation – A Second Infrastructure Charrette

"I want a world where my children have a future." On 23rd November last year, Gascoyne Cecil Estates and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce hosted a further Infrastructure Charrette. This followed on from the inaugural event during the summer of 2017, once again bringing public and...


Planning for the Future – Inaugural Infrastructure Charrette

      On 13th July, Gascoyne Cecil Estates and the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce hosted an Infrastructure Charrette. This marked the launch of a series of events bringing business and the public sector together to discuss planning infrastructure across Hertfordshire. The Charrette opened with presentations exploring...


The Squared Village

  Sharp suggested several categories of village for simplicity, to aid understanding. Whilst his next category is the squared village, these groups capture only the core common understanding – in this case, of a village arranged roughly around a square – and in doing so leave...


The Roadside Village

In 1946, Thomas Sharp published a short book on The Anatomy of the Village. Arguing that the English village possesses “a remarkable beauty…a charm and a pleasantness and a whole character”, Sharp suggested a comprehensive approach to meet the pressures of postwar housing might seek...