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Spotlight: Peter Cook

As one of the founding members of Archigram, the avant-garde neo-futurist architecture group of the 1960s, the British architect, professor, and writer Sir Peter Cook (born 22 October 1936) has been a pivotal figure within the global architectural world for over half a century; one of his most significant works from his time with Archigram, The Plug-In City, still invokes debates on technology and society, challenging standards of architectural discourse today.

Plug-In City. Image © Peter Cook via the <a href='http://archigram.westminster.ac.uk/'>Archigram Archival Project</a> Abedian School of Architecture / CRAB Studio. Image © Peter Bennetts Departments Of Law And Central Administration / CRAB Studio. Image © Ronald Kreimel CLT Innovation Center for the Arts University Bournemouth / CRAB Studio. Image Courtesy of CRAB Studio + 25

Bracken House Office Building / John Robertson Architects

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 36

The Weston Visitor Centre and Gallery / Feilden Fowles

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 19

Learning  · 
West Bretton, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Feilden Fowles
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2019

100 Public Spaces: From Tiny Squares to Urban Parks

© DuoCai Photograph
© DuoCai Photograph

© Gianluca Stefani © Thomas Zaar © Tomasz Zakrzewski © Sebastien Michelini + 112

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The key to successfully designing or recovering public spaces is to achieve a series of ingredients that enhance their use as meeting places. Regardless of their scale, some important tips are designing for people's needs, the human scale, a mix of uses, multifunctionality and flexibility, comfort and safety, and integration to the urban fabric.

To give you some ideas on how to design urban furniture, bus stops, lookouts, bridges, playgrounds, squares, sports spaces, small parks and urban parks, check out these 100 notable public spaces.

The Royal College of Pathologists / Bennetts Associates

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 24

Archigram's Entire Archive Purchased by M+ Museum in Hong Kong

The M+ Museum in Hong Kong, designed by Herzog & de Meuron, has purchased the entire archive of the prominent Archigram group. As reported by the Architect’s Journal, the collection was sold for £1.8 million, having been given the go-ahead by the UK’s Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright.

The sale has not been without controversy, with opposition from the Arts Council’s reviewing committee on the export of works of art and objects of cultural interest. The committee had sought a delay in the sale until a buyer was found who would keep the collection in the UK.

© Peter Cook © Deutsches Architekturmuseum © Archigram Archives © Archigram Archives + 7

Zinc-Coated Buildings: 20 Recyclable and Durable Facades

Zinc is a natural element extracted from ores. Its symbol, which appears in the dreaded Periodic Table, is Zn. Through a metallurgical process of burning its impurities (reducing zinc oxide and refining), it assumes a much more friendly appearance, and later becomes the sheets, coils, and rollers used in construction. The main characteristic of this material is its malleability, which allows it to be worked easily, allowing to cover complex forms in facades and roofs of buildings.

"We Dream of Instant Cities that Could Sprout like Spring Flowers": The Radical Architecture Collectives of the 60s and 70s

The first moon landing, widespread anti-war protests, Woodstock and the hippies, rural communes and environmentalism, the Berlin Wall, the women’s liberation movement and so much more—the tumultuous decades of the Sixties and Seventies occupy an unforgettable place in history. With injustices openly questioned and radical ideas that set out to unseat existing conventions and practices in various spheres of life, things weren’t any different in the architectural world. 

The grand visions dreamt up by the modernists were soon challenged by utopian experiments from the “anti-architecture” or “radical design” groups of the 1960–70s. Reestablishing architecture as an instrument of political, social, and cultural critique, they drafted bold manifestoes and designs, experimented with collage, music, performance art, furniture, graphic design, zines, installations, events, and exhibitions. While certain individuals from this era like Cedric Price, Hans Hollein, and Yona Friedman remain important to the realm of the radical and the unbuilt, the revolutionary spirit of these decades also saw the birth of various young collectives. For eccentricity at its very best, read on for a (by no means exhaustive) list of some groups who dared to question, poke, expand, rebel against, disrupt and redefine architecture in the 60s and 70s.

Heckfield Place / Spratley & Partners

© Peter Cook
© Peter Cook

Courtesy of Spratley & Partners © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 19

  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Spratley & Partners
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2018

RIBA Announces 2018 National Award Winners

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced the 49 winners of the 2018 RIBA National Awards. From skyline-altering buildings to sensitive small-scale sculptures, this year’s top projects showcase a wide-ranging selection of scales, featuring designs from Foster + Partners, Hawkins\Brown, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, and Niall McLaughlin Architects.

© Sarah Blee © Peter Landers © Jack Hobhouse © Keith Barnes + 76

Lombard Wharf / Patel Taylor

© Peter Cook © Barratt London © Peter Cook © Barratt London + 30

Apartments  · 
London, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Patel Taylor
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

Westkaai Towers 5 & 6 / Tony Fretton Architects

Courtesy of Filip Dujardin © Peter Cook Courtesy of Filip Dujardin © Peter Cook + 26

Residential  · 
Antwerpen, Belgium
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Tony Fretton Architects
  • Area Area of this architecture project
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2016

Storyhouse / Bennetts Associates

© Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook © Peter Cook + 31

Cheshire West and Chester, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Bennetts Associates
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2017

80 at 80 Exhibition to Celebrate the Architectural Career of Sir Peter Cook

Courtesy of Bartlett School of Architecture
Courtesy of Bartlett School of Architecture

The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, is celebrating the opening of its new building at 22 Gordon Street with an exhibition of work by visionary architect Sir Peter Cook. Running from 23 February to 10 March 2017, the exhibition marks Sir Peter’s 80th year with a celebration of 80 of his inspired and pioneering projects.

Peter Cook on How Drawing Enables Architects to Learn, Communicate and Experiment

The computer does things correctly, and I think it's very important in architecture to also have the incorrect. – Peter Cook

In connection with the exhibition "Peter Cook. Retrospective" currently on view at the Museum for Architectural Drawing in Berlin, the Tchoban Foundation has released a video of the architect discussing the importance of drawing in the architectural world. Cook compares drawing to new computer-based techniques, arguing that while software can do amazing things (including being instrumental in realizing his own Kunsthaus Gratz), drawing allows the architect to learn, communicate and experiment in a way that is irreplaceable. Watch the teaser to the Tchoban Foundation's video above, or read on for the full discussion.

Stanbrook Abbey / Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

© Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker © Tim Crocker + 49

Residential  · 
West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
  • Architects Authors of this architecture project Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2015

Shortlist Announced for 2016 RIBA London Awards

A total of 68 buildings have been shortlisted for the 2016 RIBA London Awards, including projects from John McAslan + Partners, dRMM Architects, Níall McLaughlin Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Rogers Stirk Harbour. All shortlisted buildings will now be visited and carefully assessed by one of four regional juries, and regional winners will be considered for a RIBA National Award. The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize - given to the UK's best building of this year - will be composed of the winners of the RIBA National Award.

See a complete list of shortlisted buildings after the break.

Eastside City Park / Patel Taylor

© Peter Cook © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar © Timothy Soar + 18

Park  · 
Birmingham, United Kingdom
  • architects Authors of this architecture project Patel Taylor
  • Project Year Brands with products used in this architecture project
    2013