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[AstragaI at the Stirling Prize dinner] I dub thee ‘pop hi-tech’

Astragal’s always been fond of ‘dubbing’ things, for instance Foggo Associates’ tower in St Mary Axe, which Astragal dubbed the ‘Can of Ham’. But Stirling Prize host Tom Dyckhoff has taken the art of the dub to new levels.

Last Saturday Dyckhoff invented at least one new architectural movement, possibly two. In an ‘I’ll doodle to make it easier’ attempt to educate, Dyckhoff took viewers of BBC2’s TheCulture Show on a journey from early modernism, through post-modernism and hi-tech, to the present day.

Eyebrows were raised when Dyckhoff said Zaha Hadid’s prize-winning MAXXI belonged in the category known as ‘super-modernism’. Not a movement known to many, judging by the chuckles in the audience.

Dyckhoff bettered this when he put dRMM’s Clapham Manor Primary School into the pigeonhole marked ‘pop hi-tech’. This was met with a similar outburst from the audience. Even co-host Kevin McCloud took a wee swipe as he took over the next segment of the programme. Harsh, thought Astragal. Super-pop harsh.

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