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Meanwhile, in the Wacky World of Architecture

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Prince Charles has apologized for an infamous 1984 speech attacking modern architecture, wherein he called a proposed extension to the National Gallery a "monstrous carbuncle," eventually leading the project to get canned. A somewhat conciliatory Charles said yesterday: "I am sorry if somehow I left the faintest impression that I wished to kick-start some kind of 'style war' between classicists and modernists, or that I somehow wanted to drag the world back to the 18th century." He then added that classical columns are great and that solar panel and wind turbine "bling" sucks. [Building]