prince charles doesnt want an imagined antiquity, does he?
architecture is for normal people not architecture students, and the fact is alot of modern architecture is ugly.
over the last 400 years up until the 50's buildings hadnt really changed that much, apart from maybe a different style of window or different embellishments, but mordern architecture tries to look too different. This means that if you have a street of nice old buildings you cant stick a some funny flat roofed, concrete thing in the middle of them otherwise it looks out of place. everyone seems to realise that apart from architecture students and architects, as its perfectly clear from looking at all the british town centres ruine by nasty sixties buildings. Prince Charles is just arguing that we carry on the old tradition of british architecture without altering it too radically or copying the americans too much, otherwise none of the old buildings will fit in with the new ones.It seems really simple to me