“Sir Peter Cook’s 80 Ideas at 80 Years ” exhibition by the visionary architect at The Bartlett School of Architecture

The exhibition, 80 at 80, features work from the full span of the career of Sir Peter Cook, a major figure in 20th century architecture and a key figure at The Bartlett. Sir Peter, who recently celebrated his 80th birthday, was Chair of The Bartlett from 1990 to 2015, and is still an active lecturer and critic at the school.

 

Plug-in City / Archigram. Image © Peter Cook

Plug-in City / Archigram. Image © Peter Cook

 

The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL has a lot to celebrate this year. It is the 175th anniversary of the School, which ranks second in the world; and it is also celebrating its return to its 22 Gordon Street home, in the heart of Bloomsbury, after a multi-million pound refurbishment. (more…)

“Peter Cook. Retrospective” drawings at Tchoban Foundation

The new temporary exhibition, “Peter Cook. Retrospective” is dedicated to the drawings of the famous British architect who is celebrating his 80th birthday this year.

 

Hidden City 2013 Mixed media / Mischtechnik 101,5 x 101,2 cm © Peter Cook

Hidden City, 2013, Mixed media / 101,5 x 101,2 cm © Peter Cook

 

Back in 1982, the Aedes Architecture Forum, then located in the Savigny Platz arches, showed a fantastic exhibition of his work; now, almost 40 years on, Peter Cook returns to Berlin. Peter Cook. Retrospective enables a view into the artist’s work from Archigram to CRAB, from 1968 to today, from Plug-In City to Hidden City.  (more…)

Architecture and sexuality “1,000 m2 of desire” exhibition at CCCB

The exhibition at the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona is focused on the way Western society has planned, built and imagined spaces for sex from the 18th century to the present day.

 

Collage 2  1968 © Ricardo Bofill

Collage 2, 1968 © Ricardo Bofill

 

With some 250 exhibits, including drawings and architectural models, art installations, audiovisuals, books and other materials, the exhibition explores the power of spaces as the driving force of desire and shows how architecture has been a tool that controls behaviour and creates gender stereotypes in our patriarchal society. (more…)

“Limits to infinity” Utopias revisited by FRAC Val-de-Loire

The exhibition is one of the four installments of the centre’s wider-scope theme named “The city faraway”, featuring works by Archigram, Archizoom, Superstudio, Yona Friedman and Charles Simonds.

 

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

DOGMA, A Simple Heart, Architecture on the Ruins of the Post-Fordist City, Atlas of a City, 25, 2004 © Collection Frac Centre-Val de Loire, Orléans, Philippe Magnon

 

On the occasion of the Month of contemporary architecture in Normandy, the House of Architecture of Normandy – the Forum invited the FRAC Centre-Val de Loire to design an exhibition. Under the title “Limits to infinity” the exhibition offers a reading of the twentieth century utopias around three concepts: time, limit and infinity. A triptych where dreams, sometimes nightmares, and cities never realised meet: Archigram‘s Instant City, Archizoom‘s  No Stop City, Yona Friedman‘s Spatial City, Superstudio‘s Life supersurface, Dogma‘s  Stop City …, many attempts to build or unbuild the world of Men. (more…)

“Yesterday’s Future: Visionary Designs by Future Systems and Archigram” at DAM

The exhibition “Yesterday´s Future” juxtaposes utopias by Future Systems and Archigram. The iconic drawings and collages of Jan Kaplický, Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton conforms the exhibition at DAM.

 

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

Future Systems, Peanut (Project 124), 1984 © Deutsches Architekturmuseum

 

The exhibition “Yesterday’s Future” presents extraordinary utopias created by the teams of architects at Future Systems and Archigram.

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“Instant City” travelling exhibition, now at Collège Maximilien de Sully

The exhibition is dedicated to Instant City, flagship project of the English group Archigram. In the early 1968-1969 while the society of the spectacle announced by Guy Debord causes both rejection and fascination, the “instant city” embodies the desire for an architecture liberated from any anchor, a flying and aerial city that transforms the architectural situation.

 

Peter Cook (Archigram)"Instant City Visits Bournemouth", 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

Peter Cook (Archigram)”Instant City Visits Bournemouth”, 196823 × 34,5 cm © Collection Frac Centre / Philippe Magnon

 

In 1963, the British architect Peter Cook founded the group Archigram with W. Chalk, D. Crompton, D. Greene, R. Herron and M. Webb. Together, they revolutionize the architectural language by introducing popular culture, advertising, science fiction and comics. (more…)