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SAINSBURY WING Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown's 1991 Post-Modern extension to the National Gallery replaced ABK's scheme - which began life as a NeoClassical drum.But the key (beneficial) change was to make the building entirely gallery-related, rather than half offices.

POUNDBURY Leon Krier's original masterplan envisaged a larger development than what was then built for the Prince's ideal village. Irrespective of the architectural style employed, the interest in the developments lies in its critique of the volume housebuilder view of the world at the time: just develop greenfield noddy-boxes.

NO 1 POULTRY Having helped destroy the Mies van der Rohe classically proportioned tower and square proposal opposite Mansion House in the City of London, the 1997 James Stirling replacement design found no favour with the Prince, who likened it to a '30s wireless set. From his point of view, an own goal.

MUSEUM OF SCOTLAND This 1998 scheme stopped the Prince in his tracks. He attacked the winning design in the competition of which he was patron, but had reckoned without the commitment of the then Marquis of Bute to see the proposals through. Where Mies and ABK had failed, Benson and Forsyth triumphed with a distinctive Modern building.

THE PRINCE'S FOUNDATION The most unexpected piece of patronage to come from the Prince was r his foundation in Shoreditch, east London. The conversion (architect Matthew Lloyd) transformed an undistinguished industrial building into an inclusive architectural and community showcase.

The history of the foundation has been chequered, however.

PATERNOSTER SQUARE The Prince's attack on Philip Dowson's competition-winning masterplan was unexpected, given the colonnaded crescent at its heart. A battle of the styles produced a decent William Whitfield site plan, with the buildings brought to grade. But the 2003 architecture is disappointing - with twice as much commercial space as Dowson's scheme.

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