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Prince Charles: 'Future generations deserve better buildings'

Prince Charles has told delegates at a major architecture event in Pittsburgh that this year’s royal birth has increased his desire to create better buildings

In his address to the Remaking Cities Congress, The Prince of Wales hit out at ‘dysfunctional housing estates’ saying that the birth of Prince George had boosted his desire to create positive environments for future generations.

‘I’ve been fortunate to become a grandfather this year, and this happy event has only reinforced my determination to do all I can to avoid handing our generation’s problems on to our grandchildren,’ he said.

‘The issues you will discuss over the next few days are of crucial concern to future generations – so let’s not fail them.’

The heir to the throne added: ‘There is an urgent need to rediscover those enduring principles of urban design and planning that have stood the test of time – and, incidentally, produced added value.

‘Why else is it that the St James’s and Mayfair areas of London – or the beautifully planned streets, squares and mansion blocks of Bath and Edinburgh – are still the most sought after and valuable urban areas?

‘Others are crammed into dysfunctional housing estates that demean the human spirit’

‘Meanwhile, others are crammed into dysfunctional and dreadful housing estates or tower blocks that demean the human spirit and ignore our inbuilt need for harmony and proportion.

‘We have a chance now to do a better job for people, which I intend to do wherever I can with the aid of my foundation.’

The Remaking Cities Congress is run by the Remaking Cities Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and the American Institute of Architects.

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