Prince Charles has become famous -- or infamous -- for his interest and involvement in architecture and the built environment, and his embrace of New Urbanism. His new book is semi-mystical about "a reawakening to harmony, wisdom, and a close relationship with nature," says Steuteville, but also tackles a wide variety topics:
"...he doesn't spend too long covering any one thing in this wide-ranging book. In the built environment realm, Charles describes how 'the system of segmenting cities and their suburbs, putting development in their own zones,' has made us dependent on automobiles and oil. 'So we set in place a long-term dependence upon something which is a finite resource; one that, in the near future, is expected by many experts to be in shorter supply,' he writes, adding, 'Zonal development risks loss of social cohesion.'"