Ornament is Crime is Crime

We are conditioned to believe that ornament is crime, that less is more. In fact this so-called wisdom stems not from deep human insights nor profound spiritual truths, but from age-old middle-class snobbery. It’s time to abolish the lies around ‘refinement’ and material lust. Within the constraints of contemporary practice, restrained ‘truth to materials’ only works for the wealthy - the normal-person's version is horrendous and depressing casting class divides in concrete. We must abolish this crude consensus before it irreparably wrecks the experiential and social richness of our environment. 

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.

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

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TBA , Turncoats talks start at 6.30pm at The Wash Houses

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