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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

A Vision of Britain: A Personal View of Architecture is a 1989 book written by Charles, Prince of Wales.



The Prince of Wales gives his views on the buildings in the United Kingdom.


Prince Charles, in his 1988 television documentary and book A Vision Of Britain, described Birmingham Central Library as resembling "a place where books are incinerated, not kept".


Before the book was released, a BBC documentary was made called HRH Prince Of Wales: A Vision Of Britain. In the documentary the Prince of Wales visited buildings in the U.K including Birmingham City Centre and gave his views on the buildings.


"Makes a personal plea for urban development that preserves the unique character and tradition of towns and cities, arguing that architecture serves the aesthetic and practical needs of the average citizen."

See also

  • "Monstrous carbuncle" speech, Prince Charles on the National Gallery extension. The "monstrous carbuncle" refers to an extension to the west of the National Gallery that was not built.
    • "Instead of designing an extension to the elegant facade of the National Gallery which complements it and continues the concept of columns and domes, it looks as if we may be presented with a kind of municipal fire station, complete with the sort of tower that contains the siren. I would understand better this type of high-tech approach if you demolished the whole of Trafalgar Square and started again with a single architect responsible for the entire layout, but what is proposed is like a monstrous carbuncle on the face of a much-loved and elegant friend."--excerpt

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