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Prince Charles — On Finding Harmony Between Nature, Humanity, and Architecture


Prince Charles published a beautifully illustrated essay in The Architectural Review on the need to rediscover the sense of harmony that binds together nature, humanity, and architectural design.

Citing the “terrifying prospect” that another three billion people will need to be housed on the Earth by 2050, the Prince of Wales emphasizes the need to “create resilient, truly sustainable and human-scale urban environments that are land-efficient, use low carbon materials and do not depend so completely upon the car.”

This can be achieved by understanding and drawing upon the harmonies reflecting in nature’s order, based in part upon geometry, which was an important study for hundreds of years in our Western tradition.

The article, which you can read here, concludes with “ten key principles for sustainable urban grown that values tradition.”

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