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Friday, January 02, 2015

Is Prince Charles talking about us?

It's interesting what Prince Charles had to say about over-development and lack of planning in a recent interview. In an article called Facing up to the future: "Prince Charles on 21st century architecture,"  in the Architectural Review, he explains everything that's wrong with our city and our country in regard to greedy development. 

Prince Charles set 10 keys principals for urban growth, dare I say, that ruining a small village and turning it urban is not on his radar or comprehension at all?

The keys include things like having the developments respect the land and not be intrusive. He says that building codes are valuable, no one follows codes in Miami, give a payoff here or there and building codes don't exist, just like the article on Lack of Planning explained.


Prince Charles says scale is the key, that the buildings should relate to human proportions and should correspond to the buildings around them. And harmony is important, the buildings should all play off each other. He says we should bury as many utility wires as possible (hear that, FPL?).


And I quote the Prince regarding density: "Space is at a premium, but we do not have to resort to high-rise tower blocks which alienate and isolate. I believe there are far more communal benefits from terraces and the mansion block. You only have to consider the charm and beauty of a place like Kensington and Chelsea in London to see what I mean. It is often forgotten that this borough is the most densely populated one in London."

The article here, is quite interesting, you could rename the list from "10 Key Principals of Urban Growth," to "How to ruin a city in 10 easy steps - Miami and Coconut Grove could be exhibits A and B.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

HIS mother does not want him to be King! That shows how inept he is!

January 02, 2015 3:09 PM  
Blogger Liz said...

Anonymous strikes again with another brilliant observation

January 02, 2015 5:57 PM  

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