'Turncoats' Debate Series: Sorry About Tomorrow

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


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. 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!* 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
Period21 Jul 2016
Event titleArchitecture Fringe: An Independent Fringe for Architecture | Scotland 1—24 July 2016
Event typeOther
LocationEdinburgh, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionRegional


  • architecture
  • digital
  • construction
  • communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture