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.

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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