This House Believes There Should Be More Sex in Architecture.

Provocation and Daring

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Supporting:
Will Alsop and David Ubaka.

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Opposing:
Ben Addy and Jonathan Meades.

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Spring, 06 March 2008.

What we build should encourage and inspire the next generation to take architecture on. The built environment is a key cultural asset and the profession is responsible for maintaining its quality and its reputation. Shouldn’t we be promoting and encouraging a more energetic approach to building that celebrates vitality and daring? Does the current range of domestic architectural offerings promote the profession in the best way possible?

Or is the pursuit of vibrant landmarks merely encouraging over the top, brash and, predominantly, masculine gestering offering nothing but mere ‘fizz’ and ego? If architecture is to maintain its serious reputation in an era of very real challenges is it not more appropriate that we celebrate intelligent and responsive building forms that do not rely on gimmicks and veneers to represent the sum of an architects vanity? Does ‘sexiness’ trivialise and risk the reputation of the profession? Dont we need some sensuality in our everyday lives? Is architecture the best way to express it?

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Jonathan Meades

Building Futures Debates Series 2008 are kindly supported by Macdonald and Company , BDP and the Evening Standard’s Homes and Property Magazine

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