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Prince Charles to remind architects of 'critical role'

Prince Charles is to call on architects to remember the ‘critical role’ architects play in the world in his speech at RIBA this evening (12 May)

In his first address to the institute since the infamous ‘monstrous carbuncle’ comment in 1984, the Prince is expected re-iterate the professions’ role as ‘place makers’ and not just designers of buildings, with communities at the heart of the planning process.

An understanding that architecture defines the public realm and can either enhance or detract from a sense of community will also feature.

The Prince of Wales is also expected to outline three key principles to achieve sustainability in architecture: a ‘grounding in precedent’, ‘understanding of locality’ and ‘incorporation of the best of modern technology.’

Finally, in a possible reference to Chelsea Barracks, the Prince will stress that the profession gets back to ‘an architecture which is built to last’ and which puts the needs of people and communities first, and which is designed to fit the scale and local character of the surroundings.

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