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Awards should be about excellence, not messages


I honestly can’t see the point in articles such as this. Yes, we may question that Oscar attendees have to embroider the names of female directors on their dresses, or reflect that celebrities making political points in speeches actually have the opposite effect. We can have valid concerns about quotas or merit but ultimately do need to weigh it up before coming out with our opinion. Surely, the bigger issue (and what we should be getting upset about) is the massive inequality in gender, class and colour. I’m all for slow progress, but it feels we are heading in the opposite direction. Becoming less fair. As for the winner not being worthy - maybe the subtleties are lost on those PF has spoken to? Architecture doesn’t exist in a vacuum and surely good architecture is about leveraging our skills? If it was only about design then ask yourself, would you give the Stirling Prize to a fabulously designed torture chamber? Of course not. Ultimately, it’s just an award. Outside of our bubble nobody really gives a shit. This year’s winner has got people on the outside taking notice. It’s a shame you can’t celebrate this.

Posted date

12 February, 2020

Posted time

1:09 pm