Ornament is not crime. Less is not more. Mainstream architectural wisdom stems not from profound spiritual insight, but from age old middle class snobbery. In the real world so-called ‘refinement’ serves only those who can afford the privilege of material luxury. The normal person’s verion is bleak and depressing casting social divides in cheap concrete. We must abolish this crude consensus before it irreparably wrecks the experiential and social richness of our environment. Minimalism is a poisonous form of class warfare. Decoration is the antidote.
The PanelPablo Bronstein is an acclaimed artist who combines interests in art and architecture with performance, installation and sculpture.
About the series
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 free debates will rugby tackle six fundamental issues facing contemporary practice with a playful and combative format designed to ferment open and critical discussion, turning conventional consensus on its head.