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Leading lights join Classical alliance

A group of Europe's leading Classical architects has signed up to a campaigning alliance, designed to push for a new 'European urbanism'. The Council for European Urbanism, conceived during a meeting in Brussels at the end of April, involves well-known Brits such as Robert Adam and the Prince's Foundation's Paul Murrain.

Members of the new organisation - dedicated to the creation of 'more humane cities, towns and villages'- also include Glasgow's Mackintosh School of Architecture and the Institute of Classical Architecture.

Poundbury masterplanner Leon Krier told the meeting that the responsibility for the late 20th century's crime wave lies with planners and architects.

'The built wastelands of Europe and the USA were not the fault of anarchy and lawlessness but the realisation of an erroneous doctrine, 'he said.'The Council for European Urbanism is a reaction against this fiasco.'

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