Last Thursday we headed down to the Design Museum for ‘The Subject of Style’, which was held by esteemed architectural theorist Charles Jencks and Farshid Moussavi, Founder of Farshid Moussavi Architecture.

The discussion was started by a passionate definition of ‘What is style’ by Farshid. Moussavi spoke about the effect architecture has on a surrounding community, focusing heavily on cultural design (museums and galleries). She referenced the Guggenheims decision to add a sloping rail around its winding perimeter, which we later discovered was not built for functionality, but also a way to encourage its audience to stop and admire the curated artwork. She also explored colour, and how it can be used to create a weightier interior, or the sense of a solid space.

Charles Jencks challenged Moussavi’ talk by stating that style cannot be defined, especially by one architect with one particular aesthetic style. Jencks dissected Farshid’s supporting statement; challenging the designs her architecture practice has created and claimed they are a pastiche of each other.

This hot-headed debate left us questioning style – was Jencks right? Can something as complex as style be defined or is it down to personal taste?

Ruth | Marketing

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