FRANCE, StainsEducation, training and awareness-raising
THE GARDEN CITY OF STAINS
This was typically the case in Stains, a garden city north of Paris, one of several examples developed around the capital during the period 1921-33. But from 2004 a determined effort has been made to retrieve and reinvigorate the original vision through the collection of evidence, written and oral, through education and training, and through restoration of the architecture and renewal of pride in place. The result has been the beginning of a cooperative venture with similar garden cities in the region, and a renewed initiative for conservation and appreciation of their distinctive values.
The Jury were aware that garden cities constitute a remarkable element in urban architecture and in France formed part of a deliberate policy towards the development of social housing. They felt that the project at Stains was a model of how to re-establish the ideals which originated in the early atmosphere of hope and determination, to bring benefits to the present community and to influence other suburban areas with the same needs. Furthermore the improvements should lead to a renewed sense of civic pride, today and in the future.