SunnyDub wrote:The whole debate about pastiche vs. modern architecture is getting going again in Great Britain thanks to the Prince of Darkness, I mean Wales! What do people think?
What do people think of Poundbury?
I think it's a pity that the debate always seems to come down to just that, 'pastiche vs. modern'
, when it could be about learning from traditional models and questioning ideology.
Personally, I always think Prince Charles is worth listening to, he comes across as passionate about architecture, the built environment and the environment in general. IMO that puts him above a lot of the architectural grandees who have contributed to the debate so far. I could be wrong, but I sense that a lot of these guys are actually more passionate about continuing to make an impact at all costs and about maintaining their star in the architectural firmament, than they are about creating actual design solutions to actual problems without always usurping the whole context.
I haven't really followed Poundbury, I suspect it's a bit light on integrity, but nonetheless a pleasant place to live.
Here's talk of another such experiment planned for Aviemore (somewhere in the Highlands?) from The Scotsman
of last Tuesday.
Typically, the images picked for the article play up the hokey, pastiche, potential in the idea, but the actual stated intentions for An Camas MÃ³r
(I kid u not) is far more interesting and potentially rational:
[INDENT]''We are not making Brigadoon'', ''It will be contemporary but sympathetic''. ''It would have a main street, . . . including communal squares with spaces for markets, festivals etc.'', ''There would be laneways off the main street'', ''No home is intended to be more that five minutes walk away from the main street''. ''. . . tidy fronts to the public realm, but ''untidy backs'', where home owners are free to build what the need . .''
In many ways, this is the leap that we need to make, step away from the labels and just look at the quality of place, look at the fundamental building blocks, look at scale, look at variation.
Apparently there's another community planned for Knockroon in Ayrshire, haven't come across any information of that one yet.