Supercrit 6: Leon Krier, Poundbury (October 2008)
Supercrits take major experimental projects that have ‘changed the weather’ of architectural thought and practice – and put them back into the design studio ‘crit’ format for open public and expert debate.
Presented by Leon Krier. Speakers include Jules Lubbock, Michael Wilford, Sean Griffiths, James Woudhuysen and Sarah Wigglesworth. Chaired by Charles Jencks.
"Krier is a natural at this kind of disquisition. He is an easy polemicist with a well-honed presentation who is quick to show off his skills as a draughtsman."
"But until a spirited intervention by panellist Sarah Wigglesworth the elephant in the room- style - was not acknowledged.Where was, she asked, the 'readily available ordinariness'of the vernacular? The architecture under discussion was, by definition, expensive, and Wigglesworth questioned the references to authenticity. Krier was rattled; he found it 'touching' that Poundbury isnt seen as looking contemporary enough."
(Gillian Duffy, Architects' Journal 13 Novermber 2008)
"Poundbury is memorable most of all for a slightly banal ordinariness. Krier, who has an answer for almost everything, tells us that this is just the point. Poundbury is meant to be boring, as any urgent expedient for for solving a world crisis in housing, building skills and natural resources needs to be" (Niall Hobhouse, building Design November 2008)