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‘Twenty-five years ago, in October 1993, construction started on Poundbury, the Prince of Wales’s development on the outskirts of Dorchester in Dorset.
For years, the Prince had been ridiculed for his supposedly fogeyish views on architecture. Only four years before Poundbury was begun, he made his attack on a proposed modernist extension to the National Gallery, calling it “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved and elegant friend”.
He approved of its classical replacement scheme, by the American architect Robert Venturi. But when it opened in 1991, it was attacked by critics as “picturesque, mediocre slime” and a “vulgar, American piece of post-modern, mannerist pastiche”.
And yet, by the time of Venturi’s death last month, the National Gallery extension had been Grade I listed, and is adored by the public.
And so it has been with Poundbury. What had been thought of as second-rate classical pastiche has been immensely popular with residents, with housing selling at a 29 per cent premium to other new-build schemes in Dorset. Thanks to good design, Poundbury has been oversubscribed, and is now full of life.’
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– Telegraph.co.uk 22/10/2018