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Saturday, 14 February 2015

Poundbury, Dorset: Will Self Book Review



Some curious comments by the republican Will Self in his Guardian review (14 February) of "Charles: The Heart of a King", by Catherine Mayer -

"The building of Poundbury, the prince's bizarre Dorset Petit Trianon, and his attack on architectural modernism in general, is motivated not simply by a knee-jerk reaction, but by an underlying philosophy of sacred geometry founded in "biomimetics"; the notion that humans divorce themselves from the structures of the natural world at their peril".

Reading the book, Will Self discovers that he really rather likes Prince Charles, a man who is "by instinct socially liberal", who asks the right questions about the built environment, and who seems to the reviewer as "the old hippy he always has been".

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