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The big debate: Schumacher vs Adam

Patrik Shumacher and Robert Adam went head to head last night (9 June) in an architectural debate organised by the Traditional Architecture Group

The debate, entitled ‘Modernity and the Future of Tradition’, pitted neo-classicist and expert in contemporary theories of modernity Robert Adam against Zaha Hadid right-hand man, and proponent of parametricism, Patrik Shumacher.

They were joined by Stephen Bayley, Alan Powers, Richard Hayward and Ettore Mazzola. Ex- RIBA president Sunand Prasad refereed the debate.

The event’s organisers Traditional Architecture Group approached Schumacher to takes the place of Will Alsop, who was called away to work in China, just weeks after the Architects’ Journal published his provocative text ‘The Parametricist Epoch: Let the style wars begin’.

The article was a controversial call to arms which positioned Parametricism as the inevitable successor to modernism, and that this was a way of designing beloved of a new generation which was bound to triumph over all others.

Who will triumph tonight remains to be seen, but it should provide something of interest for die-hard modernists, modern classicists and parametricist footsoldiers alike.

Readers' comments (1)

  • That just stupid and makes asrchitects look like ignorant bigots that can't accept variations in style.

    What ever happended to pluralism?

    ...and why are they asking a racing driver for his opinion anyway.

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