The first of a series of conversations investigating the elements of architecture in contemporary life.



Do the Vitruvian principles of commodity, firmness and delight still hold good? What is the value of sensuousness or of spectacular shape-making? With the rise of digital and virtual technologies, what is the value of the material properties of architecture? The series begins with Tate Modern’s architect Jacques Herzog and The Architecture Foundation director Rowan Moore in conversation. In subsequent events artists, writers and critics discuss their personal views on the contemporary elements of architecture. Part of The Elements of Architecture and Architecture Week. Presented in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation.