New Classicism Cont’d…..
In the 1980’s in Great Britain, a similar disenchantment with modernism became a formal movement. The Prince of Wales was the leading voice in the growing concern with the urban failures of modernism, especially Paternoster Square with its 1950’s development surrounding St. Paul’s Cathedral in London. In 1988 the BBC Television produced “A Vision of Britain,” which focused on Prince Charles’s opinions. The following year this program’s information was published in a book by Prince Charles of the same name. His interest in improving the quality of Britain’s urban life led to the creation of The Prince’s Foundation. The Foundation sponsor’s: The Urban Villages Forum, which works with communities in the redesign or extension of a village; the Visual Islamic and Traditional Arts Program, which sponsors postgraduate studies in the philosophy and practical skills of craftsmanship; The Prince’s Drawing School, which teaches figurative art on a postgraduate level; the Regeneration Through Heritage program which is devoted to the reuse of abandoned or underutilized historical industrial buildings; and the Phoenix Trust which assists in finding new uses for the thousands of abandoned mills, factories and dockyards in britain.
Due to the Prince’s efforts Paternoster Square has been redesigned with buildings of a scale and detailing that defers to their historic context replacing the nondescript modern buildings that filled in the war-damaged area around St. Paul’s Cathedral.