Archigram and other urgent communications from Sir Peter Cook
B117 Theatre, Basement, Melbourne School of Design, University of Melbourne
Sir Peter Cook
Director, CRAB Studio, London
In the 1960s Sir Peter Cook, together with Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb, set up Avant-Garde architecture group Archigram. With this, they put forward a series of radical proposals as a reaction towards what he stated was a dull period in British architecture.
In his recent lecture at the World Architecture Festival 2018, Sir Peter Cook said:
"I find that there is a narrowing of architecture; there are more schools of architecture that I've visited recently that have gone more narrow-minded. There's not a spirit of adventure and discovery that there might have even been 20 years ago. I don't like to be a moaner but this is my honest view. Sometimes, dare I say, agenda is placed above creativity."
Sir Peter Cook is visiting the University of Melbourne to participate in a Melbourne School of Design Summer Intensive Studio examining the spirit of Archigram, 1960s ideas, how they might have been revolutionary, and whether they are still relevant today. You are warmly invited to this evening public lecture by him exploring these ideas and themes.
Graduate of the Bournemouth College of Art and the Architectural Association in London, Sir Peter Cook has been a pivotal figure within the architectural world for 50 years. A founder of the Archigram Group who were jointly awarded the Royal Gold Medal of the RIBA in 2004. In 2007 he received a Knighthood for his services to architecture, in 2011 he was granted an honorary Doctorate of Technology by the University of Lund. He is also a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters of France and a member of the Royal Academy of Arts.
His recent books are ‘Drawing – the motive force of Architecture (Wiley) ‘Peter Cook Architecture Workbook’ (Wiley) and a full catalogue of his work will be published by UCL press.
Former Director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts and the Bartlett, he is Emeritus Professor at University College London, The Royal Academy of Arts and the Frankfurt Staedelschule. He was Kenzo Tange Visiting Professor at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design in 2015.
Photograph: Professor Sir Peter Cook at a workshop at Kyoto Seika University, Japan. CRAB