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London, 18-19 February 2015

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BEN BOLGAR — PRINCE'S FOUNDATION FOR BUILDING COMMUNITY

Ben Bolgar (the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community) outlined the Foundation’s unique approach to education and to championing its principles.

Ben is the Senior Director for the Prince's Foundation for Building Community where he is responsible for overseeing design output for the charity and its subsidiary company Community Capital. Ben is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architecture Club, an Academician of the Academy of Urbanism, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and board member of Stroma consulting. Ben Bolgar runs the Placemaking unit of the joint MSc in Sustainable Development at Oxford University
His projects have included the construction of a pair of low carbon dwellings called the Natural House at the Building Research Establishment, and over 40 collaborative design exercises for projects ranging in scale from a new regional strategy for the Swansea Bay area in Wales to a sustainability strategy for new housing in the Galapagos Islands.

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Summary Notes

  • Problem today of specialism
  • Prince Charles wishes to promote the theory of harmony
  • Global problems of overcrowding
  • Climate change
  • Population increase
  • We need to champion principles learnt
  • [learn à practice à teach]
  • People glaze over at ‘sustainability’
  • Take one issue. London is overdeveloped – people cannot live there or work there
  • 200 planning consents are needed for tall buildings in London
  • We work with a network members
  • Simon Sidensky. Master craft apprenticeships
  • Summer school. Broad range
  • The Prince’s Foundation has a central office in Shoreditch with a number of ‘hubs’ in UK and around the world
  • We look to ‘Community capital’ social, financial, etc. Includes things you cannot count
  • At Poundbury there are 120 homes and 160 businesses
  • Newbury large housing scheme different character to Poundbury
  • Prince Charles believes we are suffering from a crisis of perception. We measures figures not values