The Prince's Foundation for Building Community
The Prince's Foundation for Building Community (formerly The Prince of Wales's Institute of Architecture until 2001 and The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment until 2012) is an educational charity established in 1986 by HRH The 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 Prince's Foundation for Building Community (Formerly The Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment) 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.
Design and theory principles
PFBE practices through teaching six major principles about sustainable urbanism. They are as follows:
- Engender Social Interaction
- Make Places
- Allow Movement Logically and Legibly
- Sustain Land Value
- Design Using Natural Harmonics
- Build Beautifully
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, because the Prince wished to have a less controversial public profile after the death of Diana, Princess of Wales six months earlier.
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.'
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.
- Jonathan Glancey, Prince finds the common ground on architecture, The Independent, 16 March 1994, page 17
- Sandra Barwick, Cracks in the harmony thingy, The Independent, 13 August 1994
- The Sesquipedalist on Perspectives, 27 January 2009; also in the Architects Journal, 27 November 2008.
- Robert Booth, Prince Charles offers to take on key architectural planning role, Guardian, 28 October 2010