The Prince's Foundation
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The Prince's Foundation

The Prince's Foundation

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Description

The Prince's Foundation is an educational charity established in 1986 by Charles, Prince of Wales to teach and demonstrate in practice those principles of traditional urban design and architecture which put people and the communities of which they are part at the centre of the design process.

The foundation has involved over 8000 people in designing a hundred projects which include university campuses, new towns and numerous buildings including the redeveloped Alder Hey Children's Hospital which opened in 2015. Additionally the projects have created thousands of jobs in the United Kingdom.

Structure

The Prince's Foundation is part of The Prince's Charities, a group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 17 of the 19 charities were founded personally by The Prince. In 2007 the charity received a donation of £332,408 from The Prince's Charities Foundation.

The work of The Princes Regeneration Trust (PRT), founded to undertake heritage-led regeneration projects, was merged with The Prince's Foundation on 8 December 2016. This hostile takeover followed the withdrawal of philanthropic supporters at the request of the office of the Prince of Wales and led to the resignation of twelve of the charity's thirteen Trustees. Most of the real estate assets of The PRT were vested in the United Kingdom Building Preservation Trust, a registered charity, and the work on fifty four heritage projects listed in the 2017 PRT annual report was discontinued.

Perspectives

Perspectives on Architecture magazine was funded by the Institute of Architecture and published from April 1994 until March 1998. It reflected the aims of the Institute but was editorially independent, with the editor for the first five issues being Dan Cruickshank, followed by Giles Worsley. The first Premier issue was launched on 15 March 1994 with a cover date of April 1994 and a print run of 75,000 although later that year sales were well below the breakeven target of 35,000 a month.

The magazine was published jointly by Peter Murray's Wordsearch Ltd and Perfect Harmony Ltd, the later being a company bought and established in 1993 as the publishing arm of the Institute of Architecture. The magazine was issued monthly (excluding December) until March 1996, when it became bi-monthly, starting with the April/May issue. It ceased publication in 1998 after four years and 33 issues, with its February/March issue being the last.

In his first editorial, Cruickshank wrote that 'Perspectives is concerned with the care and conservation of the best aspects of our built history and the countryside, and with the protection of the landscape, but it is also committed to the evolution of a new architecture which combines temporary technology with the inspirational ideas offered by traditional buildings ... The reconciliation of the old and the new, united with a concern for relating new buildings to their settings, will restore delight to our view of the world. Perspectives will campaign for beauty and inspiration and a recovery of that spiritual sense of the numinous that only great architecture or great works of art can offer.'

Future role

After the Government announced in 2010 that it would withdraw funding for CABE (successor body to the Royal Fine Arts Commission, est. 1924), the Prince offered that PFBE could take over its role as arbiter of design in major planning applications. Modernist architects expressed dismay at the suggestion.

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