Victory for Ralph Erskine in the Millennium Village competition (how clever of Hunt Thompson to get him on board) must have come as a bitter blow to the team put together by Trevor Osborne, chairman of the Prince's Urban Villages Forum. This is his second attempt in a row to go belly-up - the first being at West Silvertown, in London Docks, following a previous architectdeveloper competition. The UVF executive, led by director David Lunts, has been touring the latest examples of new urbanism in Florida - at 'Seaside' (where Leon Krier has a house), the Disney dream town of Celebration, the Hale Plantation and 'Windsor' (currently being advertised as an 'elite retreat').
The relevance of these private resort destinations for wealthy 'snowbirds' (retired gentile folk who follow the sun during winter) to the 4.4 million new houses needed in the UK has yet to be established. But then we don't want the liquid solids to hit the fan . .