Turncoats

New lecture series hosted by The Cass rips up the architectural debate rule book.

Architectural debates are rubbish.

We've all been there: a panel of similar designers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they are lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy. Turncoats is a shot in the arm. Framed by theatrically provocative opening gambits, a series of free debates will rugby tackle six fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.

The project has been curated by Phineas Harper, Maria Smith and Robert Mull , and is hosted by The Cass, supported  by The Architecture Foundation and Media Partner Dezeen.

Turncoats Series

Quit Architecture Now - 5 November

Debators: Harry Parr and Claire Bennie  vs Kate MacTiernan and Crispin Kelly
Chaired by Indy Johar

Consultation Con - 12 November

Debators: Daisy Froud, Holly Lewis, Robert Mull and Piers Taylor

Vanity Publishing - 26 November

Debators Oliver Wainwright and Cath Slessor VS Jack Self and Hana Loftus
Chair: Marcus Fairs

The Gender Agenda - Date TBA

Ornament is crime is crime - Date TBA

Toss Posh Tosh - Date TBA

 

For full details about the lectures and to book visit the Turncoats website.

News details

Venues Turncoats talks start at 6.30pm at the former Women's Library, Calcutta House.
All except for the Vanity Publishing talk which starts 7pm at Second Home,
68-80 Hanbury Street, E1 5JL
Website turncoats.uk

 

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