Current Columbia GSAPP student Jarrett Ley speaks with Sir Peter Cook, one of the founders of the radical experimental group Archigram, who delivered a lecture at the School in the Spring 2017 Semester. They discuss architecture as a tool for shaping radical thought, the relationship of the current political climate in Britain, Europe, and the United States on architectural education and practice, and how the most interesting new architectural projects seem to come from unknown architects in smaller countries.
“I think architects ought to yell out more. I mean in the sense that we were not afraid to postulate certain ideas that were not fashionable, that were not discussed very much. … We felt that architecture was a hide-bound activity, that it was producing and living in this kind of straitjacket, a kind of gentlemanly straitjacket, a kind of comfortable, pleasant straitjacket. And we found that irritating.“
– Sir Peter Cook on Archigram