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‘Designs for a new reign’: the future of architecture

  • by JW

“Place is more important than individual pieces of architecture” [Peter Murray, writing in ‘How we celebrate the coronation: Designs for a new reign’ from the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust]


King Charles has always shown an interest in architecture and the wider issues around creating places to live in.

Whether it’s his interest in design: Prince Charles praises Sidmouth’s Sampson book | Sidmouth Herald

Or in ‘building better, building beautiful’: Futures Forum: The government’s new Building Better, Building Beautiful Commission >>> “This is the same old binary argument about traditional rather than contemporary architecture, which feels like a tedious hangover from the 1980s, a pantomime Prince Charles speech reverberating forever,.”

Or in creating a ‘vision’: A ‘survival guide’ > how to save our villages – Vision Group for Sidmouth

To coincide with this weekend’s coronation, the Royal Fine Art Commission Trust (president, architect Norman Foster) has put together a guide on ‘How we celebrate the coronation: Designs for a new reign’ – coming out tomorrow: RFACT Designs for a new reign

There are lots of fascinating pieces by practitioners and commentators, each a couple of pages long.

Peter Murray, founder of Blueprint magazine and New London Architecture, ‘is an indefatigable defender of intelligent awareness of architecture’ – and here is an excerpt from his contribution to the publication: ‘Fifteen minutes to save the city’:

With a bit more here: Driving the quality of place – New London Architecture

And much more here:

King Charles III’s impact on British architecture

King Charles III’s Vendetta Against Modern Architecture, Explained | Architectural Digest

Poundbury, England: The Town That Charles Built – The New York Times

King Charles, monarch with keen interest in architecture, succeeds Queen

Now King Charles must stay silent on pet projects like grammar schools and homeopathy | Daily Mail Online

Carbuncles and King Charles: was the royal family’s meddling supertroll right about architecture? | Architecture | The Guardian