A royal argument

The Prince of Wales is expected to tell Britain’s leading architects that communities should be integral to their work, and the needs of locals should be put forward, as he speaks at this year’s Royal Institute of British Architects lecture tonight. He will suggest three principles that should be followed to achieve the goal – a grounding in precedent, better understanding of developments in the local community and incorporating the best of modern technology. A number of architects have called on the industry to boycott the lecture, after Prince Charles intervened in the Chelsea Barracks development in London.