A York councillor is proposing shaming bad buildings with a plaque of shame.

For a person of cultural significance, the installation of a plaque to commemorate the site of their work has long been a way to ensure they are remembered for posterity. Now architects are in danger of having their names emblazoned on walls for all the wrong reasons; Huntington Parish Councillors are proposing to put up large plaques on all buildings on the outskirts of York, naming the architects responsible for the design, so that residents know exactly who to blame for buildings they don’t like.

Offsite wonders who the councillors will commission to design the plaques that commemorate bad design. And, if the design of the plaque is sufficiently offensive, will these lead to a build-up of plaque on plaque, ad infinitum?