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Prince Charles Lays Out a 10-Point Planning Agenda

The Prince of Wales took to the pages of The Architectural Review to share his vision for the future of architecture and planning.

December 26, 2014 - Dezeen

London's Height Debate Reaches Fever Pitch

In the midst of a building boom and expecting another 1.4 million residents to live in the city by 2031, London is embroiled in a debate about how it should meet housing demands.

August 30, 2014 - New York Times

After 25 Years, Poundbury's Revolutionary Traditionalism Still Divides

Designed by architect Léon Krier, and spearheaded by Prince Charles, the 'model village' on 400 acres outside of Dorchester, England was begun 25 years ago. As Graham Norwood reports, its success is still a matter for debate.

October 2, 2012 - The Financial Times

Prince Charles Wields Great Power - And Wealth

The Prince of Wales, as covered here and elsewhere, has gotten a reputation for using his position to meddle in architecture and planning decisions in the U.K. The report now is he extends that power far deeper into U.K. politics.

November 1, 2011 - The Guardian U.K.

Prince Charles Plans Shanty Town for India

Prince Charles is planning to build a 15,000-person shanty town in India, modeled after Dharavi, the Mumbai settlement featured in the movie "Slumdog Millionaire".

January 14, 2011 - Daily Mail

The Prince of Wales Seeks "Harmony"

The Prince of Wales has a new book out, called "Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World." Robert Steuteville says the book is "a catalogue of environmental crises and sustainability solutions."

December 29, 2010 - New Urban News Network

Let Charles be Charles

When Queen Elizabeth II -- now 84 -- passes on, Prince Charles will finally become king. With a history of active engagement in the built environment, will King Charles become a silent monarch, as some have claimed? David Sucher hopes not.

September 13, 2010 - David Sucher

'Urban Planning is Dead in the U.S.,' Says Gehry

In this interview, Frank Gehry defends his record and balks at being called a "starchitect."

December 17, 2009 - The Independent (UK)

The Prince's Foundation Responds

Hank Dittmar of the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment responds to recent accusations that Prince Charles has unduly influenced the planning process in the U.K.

August 20, 2009 - The Guardian U.K.

Prince Charles Fails to Stop Modern Building

In a location near St. Paul's Cathedral, a new self-proclaimed "ultra-modernist" office and shopping complex is going up, despite the efforts of the Prince of Wales behind the scenes to squelch the project.

August 18, 2009 - The Guardian U.K.

Prince Charles vs. the Architects

A dust-up between architects and the Prince of Wales over a speech and a £1b development is bringing the age-old battle between traditional and modern architecture to a head. Managing editor Tim Halbur summarizes the news.

July 20, 2009 - Tim Halbur

Prince Charles Quits Preservation Group

In the continuing battle between architects and Prince Charles, the Prince has resigned from the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings after it rejected the foreword he had written for an upcoming handbook on restoration.

July 14, 2009 - The Independent (UK)

Is Prince Charles Abusing His Power?

A number of famous architects believe that the Prince is subverting the planning process by using his royal influence to stymie projects.

June 22, 2009 - NY Times

Prince Charles Takes Architects to Task

In a now infamous speech to the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Prince accused architects of having "a surfeit of abstracted ideology over the practical realities linked to people’s lives and the grain of their culture and identity."

May 13, 2009 -

Planning Regulations Out the Window in U.K.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown has decided that the need for new homes is greater than the need to protect the environment in Britain, and is preparing to sweep away planning regulations across the country that limit building in undeveloped areas.

January 5, 2009 - The Times U.K.

Prince of Wales Says 'Green' Architecture Does Not Have To Be Modernist

Prince Charles makes a case for the commercial viability of green housing with traditional design, as opposed to the modernist styles typically associated with the future of low carbon homes.

December 16, 2008 - Building Design

The Popularity of 'Boring' Architecture and Planning

In a professional critique of his master plan for the new town of Poundbury in England - one of the first new towns under Prince Charles' Foundation for the Built Environment - Leon Krier reveals that the plan was 'meant to be boring'.

November 10, 2008 - bd

Prince's Foundation Hopes to Salvage Kingston Ghetto

Crippling violence and dangerous streets in the Rose Town area of Kingston, Jamaica, have motivated Prince Charles to bring his Foundation for Architecture and Urbanism to the island ghetto to attempt a rebirth.

March 12, 2008 - The Guardian

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