Dennis Crompton founder of Archigram | Nov. 13-14


Dennis Crompton—a founding member of the avant-garde British architecture collective, Archigram—will present his work at Kent State University on November 13-14.

Based in London from 1961 to 1975, the six members of Archigram collaborated on a series of groundbreaking drawings, models, exhibitions, project proposals, and an eponymous magazine that challenged contemporary conceptions of architectural production.  Their provocative futurist imagery, which celebrated mobility, technology, infrastructure, and popular culture, continues to influence the work of many of today’s leading experimental architecture practices.


As an architect, curator, inventor, book designer, and founder of the Archigram Archives, Dennis Crompton is conspicuously in charge of all the technical matters that form part of Archigram’s output.  He is an enthusiast of gadgets, machines, techniques, and systems who relishes every opportunity to make a bigger and better and more “bang-in-the-night” apparatus.  Crompton was responsible, with Ron Herron, for the assembly and design of the major exhibition, “Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-74,” which opened in Vienna in 1994 and continues to travel the world.  He has lectured widely and taught architecture and urban design at leading international schools including the Architectural Association, The Bartlett (UCL), Cooper Union, and Washington University in St. Louis. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Archigram the Royal Gold Medal for architecture in 2002.


Dennis Crompton will present a public lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 7:00 PM in the Schwartz Center Auditorium at the Kent State University College of Architecture & Environmental Design.  Crompton will also host a subsequent evening of video screenings from the Archigram Archives on Thursday, Nov. 14, at the Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative. The screening is 6:00 PM with a refreshments and happy hour preceding at 5:00 PM. The CUDC event is co-sponsored by the AIA Cleveland Associates Committee.

Admission to both events is free and open to the public.  All are invited to attend.


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