Design: Wrecking Wren's London Skyline

The city's new buildings are a desecration, says a royal critic

He's done it before. In 1984 he called a proposed design for a new wing of the National Gallery a "monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much loved friend." In the same speech he characterized a planned Mies van der Rohe office building in London's financial district as a "glass stump." Opening a factory last May, he likened the new building to a Victorian prison -- to the delight of the workers, if not of management. But last week Prince Charles swapped his sniper's rifle for a shotgun and took his broadest aim yet at Britain's architects and planners. The...

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