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Prince Charles says he will not ‘meddle’ in architecture once king


What we learnt from Las Vegas was that one form of architecture could be a 'decorated shed', and we certainly got that with the National Gallery extension. Whether the 'decoration' is appropriate or not is a question, in my opinion not. But the internal planning is neither classical nor modern, but one of the least controlled interior spaces I know by so-called Starchitects. Certainly no lesson had been learnt from either Aalto or Scharoun about how to plan large public buildings. It does not help to say that the public say the prefer 'traditional architecture' "whatever that means". For example on Open City weekend, all the best modern buildings have long queues or are booked out. Show people fine modern buildings, and they may prefer them. Prince Charles is less in touch with public perception of architecture than the opinions of his cronies and those who hang on in the hopes of picking up a nice project by the back door.

Posted date

8 November, 2018

Posted time

2:13 pm


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