Peter Cook RA

I went tonight to see Kate Goodwin, the RA’s Drue Heinz Curator of Architecture, be made an Honorary Fellow of the RIBA;  and to hear Sir Peter Cook give the Gold Medal Week lecture.   I had never heard him speak before;  and now find it easy to understand why he is such a cult figure as an agent provocateur since the days of Archigram in the 1960s, showing a picture of himself with long side burns and multiple red dark glasses in 1968 and going on to draw and design humorous and anarchic buildings all over the world, including his Kunsthaus in Graz and yellow law faculty building in Vienna, all described, as his lecture was called, as ‘the Stuff of Dreams’.

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