Tag Archives: Architecture

Danish Crown Princely Couple in the USA, Days Two-Four

  October 23, 2011 at 11:54 pm by

The Danish Crown Prince and his wife have continued their visit to the United States over the weekend. They spent their time between New York City and the neighbouring state of New Jersey. On Friday October 21st, Crown Prince Frederik and Crown Princess Mary began with a visit to the September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Centre Complex, alongside the heads of state of Norway, Sweden, Iceland and Finland. … Continue reading

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Princess Caroline visits Palazzo Vecchio

  October 17, 2010 at 7:31 am by

In the past week, Princess Caroline of Monaco paid a visit to the Palazzo Vecchio in the city of Florence, the capital of the Florentine province of Tuscany, Italy. The tour of the Palazzo Vecchio included the Uffizi Gallery and the Boboli Garden. Wearing her trademark sunglasses and pashmina scarf for her tour of the palace, the Princess showed that she was an impassioned student of culture. The Princess, according … Continue reading

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The Last Day in Malaysia

  March 10, 2010 at 8:38 am by

The final day of the 3-day official visit to Malaysia started with the visit to an exhibition on Norwegian architecture in Kuala Lumpur. The exhibition was officially opened by Crown Princess Mette-Marit and deals with the relationship between nature and architecture. After Mette-Marit’s opening speech she and the Crown Prince met many of the more than 150 Norwegians who also attended the opening. Prince Haakon also attended a seminar on … Continue reading

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Charles Under Fire

  August 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm by

“Unfortunately we also await the inevitable uninformed drubbing of Prince Charles, his foundation and all five connected firms.” I penned those words in the full expectation that there would be “Consequences” for Charles continued advocacy of architecture as a living environment as opposed to the prevailing position of architecture as “Art”! But even I was totally unprepared for the blistering barrage of bile and sheer bloody-minded spite. The first salvo … Continue reading

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Carbuncles and Consequences

  August 13, 2009 at 11:37 pm by

Well it’s two for two with Prince Charles versus ‘Monstous Carbuncles’ and, having successfully weathered the anger, spite, outright bile and downright slander of the vanquished, we now look to the future. A future in which the developers have drawn up a shortlist of ten architectural firms who have been asked to submit new master-planning plan for London’s Chelsea Barracks redevelopment site. Five of those firms have links to Prince … Continue reading

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Monstrous Carbuncles Just Keep on Coming

  June 18, 2009 at 12:14 pm by

Twenty five years ago Prince Charles, in a fit of righteous indignation, condemned an architectural plan for being, in his words, “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of an old friend”, thus enraging the Royal Institute of British Architects, who angrily bit back at anyone having the temerity to question their architects’ view of the future. A future that seemed to be a cold, soulless, glass and concrete skyscraper jungle … Continue reading

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Crown Princess Mary’s Day Visit to London

  June 17, 2009 at 2:21 am by

Crown Princess Mary spent the day yesterday in London, undertaking three official engagements which were all related to Denmark. Wearing a red and white summer dress by Strenesse, recycled from last year’s Olympic Games in Beijing and her September 2008 visit to Bulgaria with husband Frederik, and a blue-grey jacket; Mary’s first engagement was a luncheon hosted by the Ambassador to Denmark, Birger Riis-Jørgensen, at the Embassy of Denmark on … Continue reading

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Prince of Wales Provides Input into London Redevelopment Process

  May 27, 2009 at 8:19 am by

Using a bit of royal-to-royal pull, and acting via his Foundation for the Built Environment, The Prince of Wales has been heard in his vocal objections to a modern design for a London redevelopment site. Developer Qatari Diar plans to build 552 flats in 17 blocks on the former Chelsea Barracks site in west London. Qatari Diar is owned by the Qatari Investment Authority, the investment arm of the sovereign … Continue reading

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Prince Charles Gives Speech on Architecture

  May 13, 2009 at 7:43 pm by

Prince Charles gave a speech at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) last night to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the organisation. He has a long history of controversial ideas about architecture, particularly modern architecture, going back to his comment in the early 1980s that the winning design for a proposed addition to the National Gallery was akin to “a monstrous carbuncle on the face of an elegant and … Continue reading

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David Starkey Attacks “A Snotty-Nosed Punk”

  April 29, 2009 at 8:06 am by

A couple living in Richmond-upon-Thames for 40 years have incurred the wrath of Dr. David Starkey, Tudor historian. Planners at Richmond Council have approved the couple’s plans to build a solar powered, triple-glazed, two-story house near the former site of Richmond Palace, which was built by Henry VII. Starkey finds it a slap in the face to the founding Tudor’s son: “To give it planning permission almost to the day … Continue reading

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