A few days ago, in “Poundbury a tourist mecca?,” I posted on Sophie Campbell’s brave article in the Telegraph. I applauded a piece written by someone disinclined to like Prince Charles’s idea of a town, but who found it largely irresistible and was honest enough to admit it. Now comes an even more delicious piece, also from a reluctant admirer. It is Oliver Wainwright, who has written “A royal revolution: Is Prince Charles’s model village having the last laugh?” for the Guardian.
But there’s a shocker at the end – hit me right in the solar plexis. Go see what I mean. … Can you believe it? I, for one, cannot. I’m sure Léon Krier can do it. I’m sure a third-grader could do it. But doing so might blow back against the classical revival by helping to undermine traditional architecture’s chief competitive advantage – the thick black line in the public’s mind between traditional and modern architecture? Am I wrong? What do you think?