Nuclear War

7:00pm, Thursday 9th January 20

Nuclear family homes are a retrogressive hangover from a failed consumerist individualistic project. Isolating, resource-intensive, and intrinsically enmeshed with a sexist division of labour reliant upon the subordination of women, they are an architectural tool of repression and social control. Knock them all down!

The Panel

  • Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino is an internet of things author and entrepreneur. She was the first UK distributor of the Arduino. Her projects pepper the permanent collection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

  • Miranda Hall researches the digital economy, work and care at the New Economics Foundation and Common Wealth. She is setting up a childcare co-operative.

  • Lucy Watson is commissioning editor of architecture design at the Financial Times.

  • India Block (Chair) is Assistant Editor of Dezeen.

  • Ben Derbyshire is chair of HTA, a design consultancy specialising in housing and was until recently, president of the RIBA.

  • Janina Smith and Josephine Timmins will open the night with their legendary feminist wrestling comedy, OKayfabe.


Oxo Tower Wharf
Bargehouse Street
London SE1 9PH

Please note, we have learned this venue is not wheelchair accessible and does not have emergency evacuation equipment for disabled users at this time. We are very sorry about this oversight and will ensure all future event take place in accessible venues.


Turncoats tickets are available at different prices depending on income. All tickets include vodka, beer and chaos.

Waged – £10. Got a job? This is the ticket for you.
Solidarity – £15. Have you done part three? Earn more than the median income (£29,400)? Occasionally shop at Waitrose? Good for you. This is the ticket for you.
Student – £8. Fear not, you'll more than make it back in the value of the free beer and vodka.

Volunteer – FREE. Want to volunteer on the night instead of getting a ticket? If you can arrive at the venue by 6pm, drop a line and become a Turncoat.


Turncoats is a provocative global debating society turning public discourse on its head, shaking and serving over ice. It is off the record, offline and riddled with devil’s advocates hiding in plain sight.  Prepare for big arguments from surprising places, where the only allegiances are to the spirit of the fight.

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

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