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Posted by  Richard Haut on June 26, 2003 at 15:30:43:

In Reply to:  Re: New Urbanism posted by Don on June 26, 2003 at 14:11:20:

the movement probably is the result of "suburbanites", but it is very refreshing.

of course there is a long tradition from which it has evolved, such as the Garden Cities movement and the post-war New Towns in Britain.

I believe that British architecture made a serious error some twenty years ago. The profession failed to listen to and understand what Prince Charles was saying. He wanted to see humanity of scale in architecture which I believe shows far more respect and concern for the profession of architecture itself than the arrogant clinging to the outright failure of Modernism to produce decent and liveable urban spaces. (It is not the buildings of Modernism that have failed, but the dreary gaps between them).

It makes an interesting contrast with the thread about architects being "famous". Little egos stamping their petulant feet to produce something noticeable by its disharmony. The need for a Bilbao Guggenheim or Sydney Opera House are rare - that is the whole point.

 
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