Turncoats

Belgium

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 debates will rugby tackle fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to foment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.

The Good, The Bad and The Belgian

7:00pm, Saturday 1st July 17

A post-war self-build housing boom has saddled the entirety of Belgium with a rash of eccentric, highly individual, often hideous homes. Yet the trope of the Ugly Belgian House is a tribute to the civic freedom of the Belgian citizen.

In an era of rising xenophobia, architectural taste can play a new role as a built barometer for social tolerance. Many in our industry are trying to regain power, wresting architectural control back from the man in the street. They must be stopped – liberty trumps beauty.

The Panel


  • Job Floris

  • Martino Tattara

  • More speakers TBA

  • 7pm
  • Saturday 1 July
  • Tickets are free. Booking essential.
  • 019 - Museum of Moving Practice
  • Design Museum Ghent
  • Jan Breydelstraat 5
  • 9000 Ghent
  • Belgium

WTF!?

Turncoats is a project founded by Phineas Harper and Maria Smith with the support of Robert Mull and the Architecture Foundation. For all enquiries write to hello@turncoats.uk.
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