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One true supporter

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Idon't suppose the minor details of the PoW school administration were a matter for discussion when the Prince gave a private audience to Leon Krier last week. This preceded the Great Polemicist's talk and book launch at the school. Krier was his usual brilliant self, laying waste about him as he condemned Modernism and all its works with slides mostly taken from the book Architecture: Choice or Fate, published by our old friend Andreas Papadakis. Time rolled back as LK expounded on the virtues of Poundbury, shelling us with aphorisms ('even the worst cities look fantastic from the air'; 'Modernism is dead but it is building everywhere'; 'as for urban villages, how can you have a liquid solid?').

As usual, he couldn't avoid going over the top, with tasteless connections made between Modernism and concentration camps, and the bizarre suggestion that 'nature doesn't work in the melting-pot situation', whatever that means. The book, by the way, is touchingly dedicated 'A mon Prince'.

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