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PRINCE'S TRADITIONAL CALL

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The Prince of Wales last week supported the use of traditional architecture in the recreation of Dresden's Neumarkt market square at an exhibition by traditional architects in the city. A statement from St James' Palace delivered to the exhibition came as debate grew about whether the site, destroyed as a result of bombing raids in 1945, should be recreated or a modern solution sought. The site is bordered by tower blocks from the 1960s and 1970s constructed under the East German communist regime. London-based traditional architect Robert Adam has been commissioned to design an outline scheme for four sites around the square. 'I know that many people - visitors as well as citizens of Dresden - yearn to see the historic form of the Neumarkt restored once again as an antidote to so much of the ugliness and brutality of the 20th century, 'the Prince said.'Planners and architects, working together with citizens and local politicians, now have a chance to put such things right again, ' he added.

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