Architecture Fringe 2016

#Turncoats Edinburgh

Sorry About Tomorrow

Architectural debates are rubbish. We've all been there: a panel of similar speakers with similar views taking it in turns to talk at length about their similar work - too polite, too deferential, too dull. At best they're lukewarm love-ins, critically impotent, elitist and stuffy.

#Turncoats frames things differently. Through provocative opening gambits these free debates will clothesline fundamental issues facing contemporary architecture and society with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion, turning conventional concensus on its head.

In Edinburgh....Our built environment is increasingly irrelevant. Modern society is built around digital space and online networks. Edinburgh, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is ‘liked’ more often on Instagram than in damp, chilly reality. Nightclubs are no longer required, when friendship and flirtation is available at a swipe with Tinder, Grindr and Snapchat.

Two Edinburghs now exist in parallel, and the relationship between the physical and virtual versions is growing ever-more distant. It's time for us all to step away from the crumbling street and inhabit an instantaneous, clean, energy-rich and aesthetically pleasing augmented reality, all together, online. *Like!*

Agree? Don't Agree? Join us!

21 July 2016
Tickets FREE

Edinburgh College of Art
Lauriston Place
Edinburgh EH3 9DF

Our speakers include -

Leah Lockhart, Director of Relate Lab and former Digital Engagement Manager for the Scottish Government

Chris Speed, Chair of Design Informatics at the University of Edinburgh

Nicholas Hotham, Head of Outreach & Advocacy at Edinburgh World Heritage Trust

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