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.
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.
|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