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Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?

Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?
Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?, The extension to the National Gallery by Venturi Scott Brown replaced the design by ABK which was scrapped after Prince Charles' criticisms. Image © Nick Weall via e-architect
The extension to the National Gallery by Venturi Scott Brown replaced the design by ABK which was scrapped after Prince Charles' criticisms. Image © Nick Weall via e-architect

To mark the 30th anniversary of Prince Charles' famous "Carbuncle Speech", last week the RIBA held a discussion focusing on the speech's impact on British architecture. The speech in which the prince protested the design of a proposed extension to the National Gallery has been seen by some as expanding the debate around architectural quality, but the panelists on the night disagreed with this view: Owen Hatherley said "The idea he broadened the debate is curious. He shut it down." Similarly, Charlie Luxton commented "He turned the debate from one of quality to one of style – and architecture suffered." You can read more of the panelists' views on BD Online.

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Cite: Rory Stott. "Has Prince Charles "Shut Down Debate" on UK Architecture?" 20 May 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/508407/has-prince-charles-shut-down-debate-on-uk-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884

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