The Bartlett School of Architecture


Sir Peter Cook talk: Dreams behind 80 at 80

24 March 2017, 12:45 pm–1:45 pm

Peter Cook: Plug-in City © Peter Cook

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The Bartlett School of Architecture


Christopher Ingold Auditorium, UCL Chemistry Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

Sir Peter Cook will be talking about his recent exhibition of drawings at The Bartlett, 80 at 80. The lecture is free and open to members of the public. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Sir Peter Cook’s 80 at 80 exhibition

As a founder member of the group Archigram in the 1960s, Peter envisioned new possibilities for architecture. From his Archigram days through to his work today at CRAB studio (the Cook-Robotham Architecture Bureau), Peter has always paralleled design with teaching. His work spans experimental projects such as the seminal Plug-In City through to the famous blue buildings of Graz and Bournemouth.

His drawings and projects are in the Permanent Collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Deutsches Architektur Museum, the Centre Pompidou and FRAC in Orléans. As Chair of The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, from 1990 to 2005, Peter has attracted staff and students from across the world and succeeded in transforming The Bartlett into a leading centre for creative design.

The exhibition, which ran at The Bartlett School of Architecture from 23 February to 21 March 2017, was the largest and most comprehensive of Sir Peter’s current exhibitions, which have taken place in Berlin, Cologne and Munich. It covered five themes:

  • Architecture and Vegetation
  • Radical City Structures
  • Colour and Invention
  • Line before Colour
  • Satellite Ideas

Peter Cook at work

Top image: Peter Cook, Plug-in City, 1965 (detail) © Peter Cook
Bottom image: Peter Cook at work