Saturday, February 28, 2009

Peter Cook
: Robots in the Woods

March 7, Saturday, 14:00


Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi,

Kaymakam Reşat Bey Sokağı, No: 11a Galatasaray

"Transdisciplines" lecture series organized by Garanti Gallery and Platform Garanti continues with Peter Cook. The lecture entitled Robots in the Woods will take place at garajistanbul on Saturday, March 7th.

The lecture of Peter Cook will prompt the themes of hybridisation, metamorphosis, and ambiguities as dynamic sources in his latest works. The Comfo-Veg Club project of Cook provokes the amazing imaginative metamorphosis of vegetation spaces lying between the robotic gadgetry and the melting spatial elements, by redefining architectural imageries. It invokes how architecture would intersect with digital technology in more organic, amorphous and ambiguous ways, rather than the conventional digital works came into being in architecture as strict, definite geometrical elements. Similarly, his “friendly alien” project of Kunsthaus in Graz shockingly awakens the continuous attentiveness of architectural senses. His latest project by his London-based CRAB Studio, “Department of Law and Central Administration of Vienna Economics University” which is planned to start next year, evokes the exciting dynamism of sliding spaces on floatable routes.

Sir Peter Cook (RA, AADipl, RIBA, BDA, FRCA, FRSA, ARB) is a British architect, experimentalist, educator, academician, and architectural theoretician. He recently received a knighthood in 2007 by The Queen of England, for services to architecture. He was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture (as founder of Archigram) in 2004. He studied architecture at Bournemouth College of Art from 1953-58, and at Architectural Association in London from 1958-60. Peter Cook was Year Master, Unit Master and Tutor at Architectural Association from 1964 to1990; and was the Chair of Architecture of the Bartlett School at UCL from 1990 to 2006. He has been the Chief Assessor of the Viennese architecture schools since 2004. He has been Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy of Arts, Emeritus Professor at University College London and the Life Professor at the Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste (Staedelschule) in Frankfurt-Main. His contributions to architecture vary from being a Royal Academician to the “commandeur de l’ordre des arts et letters” of the French Republic; and to being a Senior Fellow of the Royal College of Art. Prof. Cook has published eight books and received many international awards including the Jean Tschumi Medal of the UIA and Annie Spink Medal for Education by RIBA. His principal architectural collaborations have been with Archigram Group 1963-1975, with Prof. Christine Hawley 1976-1998, with Prof. Colin Fournier 1998-2004. He has been the director of CRAB (Cook-Robotham Architecture Bureau, London) since 2004. His latest projects include the winning competitions for the “Kunsthaus” in Graz, Austria; the “Theatre” in Verbana, Italy; and “Department of Law and Central Administration Vienna Economics University” in Vienna, Austria.

The lecture will be in English with simultaneous Turkish translation.

The lecture by Peter Cook is generously supported by the British Council.