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Prince Charles makes more demands on architects

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The Prince of Wales has again called on the architectural profession to develop a more 'human-scale' element in developing Britain's towns and cities.

Yesterday, Prince Charles spoke of the importance of having a balance with technology in architecture and social developments, as well as in other areas such as health, ecology and farming.

He pointed to work in Poundbury, his Duchy of Cornwall village near Dorchester, as a model for 'human-centred' development, which he claimed improved social inclusion, reduced crime and lowered traffic problems.

Speaking to the Shropshire Starnewspaper at his Gloucestershire home Highgrove, the Prince said his strongly held - and regularly controversial - views were reinforced by his horror at witnessing the 'disintegration' of communities in the 1960s.

'I particularly resented watching the hearts of our towns and cities being torn out for comprehensive redevelopment,' he said.

'All right, at the time people said we had to build all these houses. But the trouble is all we have done is followed an ideological approach, forgetting about the real human-scale element in all of this.

'We have created something much more complicated and expensive in the long run. I keep on hoping that some lessons might be learned.

'All I've been trying to do is to see if I can demonstrate some examples of how you could do it. Even though it appears to be more expensive at the start, I believe it creates much greater value further down the line,' he added.

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