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.

Schools out

7.15pm, Saturday 2 April

Architectural education is stagnant, antiquated, and irrelevant. Greedy universities, chasing size, power and fees are accepting hoards of students with no prospect of a fulfilling career as architects. Generations of disillusioned CAD monkeys and copy-cats are churned out doomed to scroll vapid blogs, superficially emulating out of context. Time to turn the tables on our teachers, forget everything we've learned and start from scratch.

  • This debate will be held as part of the Novi Fokus Niš - International Architecture Film Festival on the 1st and 2nd of April.
  • The Panel

    • Jelica Jovanović
    • Nikola Andonov
    • Milan Stevanović
    • Borys Wrzeszcz

    • Moderator
    • Ljuba Slavković
    • 7.15pm
    • Saturday 2 April
    • Tickets are free. Booking essential.
    • Kupina Cinema
    • Balkanska 2
    • Niš
    • Serbia

    Get a ticket


    Turncoats Serbia is a project by Sanja Cvetković and Djordje Jović.

    Any group of people with a thirst for intellectual mischief can join the Society of Turncoats and form a chapter in their city. Membership is of the society is free. Once a member your chapter can use and improve the format to host official Turncoats events. It began with Architecture, but can be transposed to other disciplines in need of an alternative format to niggle into the depths of difficult issues.

    Membership entitles chapters to

    • Turncoats enamel badges plus the design files to produce more
    • Access to the source code of the Turncoats website to use for your events
    • A big bundle of images, logos, fonts and templates to help launch events
    • Access to the Turncoats network
    • A printed guide to running a Turncoats event plus digital copy
    • Support from chapters around the word

    Email hello@turncoats.world about setting up a chapter