Architecture Debate


One of the unique aspects of architecture is its combination of design and theory. While architects give lectures promoting their firm's recent projects, should architects hold more debates? I am proposing an idea for a conference of architectural debate. Moreover, I am curious what other people in the community think of this idea.

The event would consist of a series of debates on long-lasting and recent topics in architectural discourse. Practicing architects, top scholars, and professors from around the world would be invited to debate various topics in hopes of drawing a consensus on these issues. More than that, most of the architecture community would watch this event online, causing a direct outburst of discussion within the field.

Some topics that could be debated include: aesthetics, pedagogy, modernism, ornamentation, hostile architecture, environmental policies, housing inequality, sustainable practices, the future of the field, etc.

Would you support this idea?

Oct 9, 21 1:41 pm

Oct 9, 21 3:36 pm  · 
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I lived in Italy just long enough to have "just missed the Biennale" & to have "almost been there long enough to see the Biennale". Regrettable timing, but some of the exhibits were still lingering.

Oct 12, 21 4:00 pm  · 
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I was just pointing out there are venues for architectural debate already, venezia biennale is one of them , but in all countries and schools there's constant debate and discussion, not a lot of practicing architects in them because when you do, you don't have time to talk about it.

Oct 12, 21 5:41 pm  · 
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Sounds like something I would have really enjoyed during in-class studio hours in college but now would just prevent me from doing other things that would make me money. 

Oct 12, 21 3:48 pm  · 

what's there to debate? less talking, more doing!

Oct 12, 21 5:27 pm  · 
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Wood Guy

I do something similar, except on the science end of architecture, not the art/theory side: They aren't debates, exactly, but they are open discussions and often have contentious elements. I'd be interested in a similar approach, using your topics. 

Oct 12, 21 5:54 pm  · 

When architects debate it is invariably a hilarious clash of outsized egos.

Oct 12, 21 6:34 pm  · 
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Non Sequitur

not sure who you have lined up, but I’m sure the tech bro in the M.Arch tread will make for a fine opponent on any topic. 

Oct 12, 21 7:37 pm  · 

Yes, I think it is a great idea.

Oct 12, 21 9:21 pm  · 

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