26 August 2010

Remembering Colin St John Wilson’s answer to Prince Charles – an article for Architecture Today

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I wrote this piece earlier in the summer (it appeared in Architecture Today 209, June 2010) . Having gone back, after several years, and seen the present state of Charles’s ‘model’ development at Poundbury in Dorchester, it seems all the more important to remember that the ‘Modernism’ against which it is designed to speak was never […]

I wrote this piece earlier in the summer (it appeared in Architecture Today 209, June 2010) . Having gone back, after several years, and seen the present state of Charles’s ‘model’ development at Poundbury in Dorchester, it seems all the more important to remember that the ‘Modernism’ against which it is designed to speak was never the undivided evil that Charles, Quinlan Terry and associated courtiers persist in denouncing. In 1988, Prince Charles likened Wilson’s British Library to a secret police academy.  In fact, it is a model of  elegant design and engineering, and all the more so in comparison with the confected Italianate mess that now meets the eye ss you drive into Dorchester on the Bridport road.

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