Test Unit is a project conceived and developed by Agile City / TAKTAL, in partnership with A Feral Studio and BAXENDALE.
Rip It Up And Start Again
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.
With local authorities across Scotland perpetuating an unfathomable obsession with the wrecking ball and dynamite, the result is a social cleansing rather than a mindful mending of our working class and marginal communities.
The destruction of these communities, left to rot and degrade by successful generations of politicians, is celebrated and feted before a calculated process of gentrification is applied that dilutes people and place through the introduction of the middle class, ‘arts and culture’, coffee shops, vintage stalls and polite modernism.
Architects have become complicit in a one size fits all strategy of geographic physical regeneration weighted towards a ‘return on investment’ rather than act as facilitators for a thoughtful process of social, cultural, economic and environmental self-generated development of community.
Agree? Don't Agree? Join us...
07 July 2016
The Glue Factory
22 Farnell Street
Glasgow G4 9SE
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