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Prince Charles critiques the green movement: parts of his speech

21 October 2008 No Comment

“It would seem, however, that the emergent climate-change agenda seems to have offered licence to another generation of architects and designers bent on further divorcing us – through random and untested building shapes and types – from our deeply-rooted connection with Nature’s ordering systems which remain true to the rule of climate and season.

Why, I must ask, does being ‘green’ mean building with glass and steel and concrete and then adding wind turbines, solar panels, water heaters, glass atria – all the paraphernalia of a new “green building industry” – to offset buildings that are inefficient in the first place?

That many of these add-ons are mere gestures, at best, is now clear, as their impacts on home energy consumption can now be measured and usually offer scant justification for the radical nature of the design.

We must act now by using traditional methods and materials to work with Nature rather than against Her”

One can apply this critique to the monstrous buildings and unnatural construction in the Arabian Gulf. Such thoughts by eminent personalities are truly welcome to create awareness of this so called trend of ‘green architecture’.

The Telegraph


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