In this Dezeen video, Peter Cook and Dennis Crompton explain how they drew from the Archigram archive to create the concept for the 2019 Design Trust gala in Hong Kong.
The former Archigram members were appointed as creative directors of the fundraising event by the Design Trust, a charity that supports creative projects in Hong Kong and the surrounding region.
“Dennis Crompton and I have been commissioned by the Hong Kong Design Trust to make a manifestation of Archigram ideas at their gala event,” explained Cook in the movie.
“The Design Trust supports young designers and they have the gala event every year to raise money for that purpose.”
Founded in the 1960s by Cook, Crompton, Warren Chalk, Ron Herron, Michael Webb and David Greene, Archigram was an avant-garde architecture collective that became famous for ambitious conceptual architecture proposals, which often utilised emerging technologies of the time.
Influential projects include Plug-In City, where pre-fabricated home capsules are plugged into a larger megastructure; and Instant City, a transportable kit of parts that could be quickly assembled to provide the inhabitants of small towns with access to the resources and cultural attractions of a large metropolis.
For the gala, Cook and Crompton suspended banners from the ceiling featuring prints of Archigram drawings and introduced a number of what Crompton describes as “Archigrammic items” into the ballroom itself.
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