Unpacking and Rethinking ‘Pastiche’: London, 17-19 February 2014

Modern traditional architecture is often dismissed by its detractors as ‘pastiche’, a term intended to accuse buildings of non-innovative mimicry and of being hollow imitations which are not ‘of their time’. Copying is, however, something that all architects undeniably do, which in turn raises questions over the purity of copies, the styles being copied, and the accepted levels of eclecticism.

How should today’s traditional architects tackle the pastiche problem? Is the term ‘pastiche’ necessarily an insult, or should traditional architects reconsider their definition of pastiche and the connotations of designing pastiche architecture, and encourage the rest of the industry to follow suit? These events will combine a very current subject for debate with visits, observation, and discussion.



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