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Archigram Opening Lecture: Dennis Crompton, “Searching for a Responsive Environment"

Archigram Opening Lecture: Dennis Crompton, "Searching for a Responsive Environment"

Born in Blackpool in 1935, Dennis Crompton became a member of the architect-collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961. Archigram operated as an experimental think-tank. The practice produced a multitude of products that represented a shift in how architectural practice is considered including a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions and proposals. This shift in architectural practice focused on prioritizing processes and responsive structures for living. Influenced by popular culture and responding to the proliferation of technological advances at the time, as well as recognizing the increasing social and political discontent, Archigram’s production emphasized mobility and flexibility in ways that continue to have currency today.

At Archigram, Crompton was an enthusiast of gadgets, machines, techniques and systems, and invented the provocative “things that go bang in the night” projects. He orchestrated the Archigram Archives in 1975 when the practice ended. With Ron Herron, Crompton was responsible for the assembly and design of the major exhibition “Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961-74,” which opened in Vienna in 1994. He shepherded the Archigram Exhibition around Europe, Asia and North America. Archigram was awarded the Royal Gold Medal for Architecture by the Royal Institute of British Architects in 2002.

Outside of Archigram, Crompton had a strong involvement with the Architectural Association School since 1965 where he taught for over thirty years. More recently, he taught masters courses in Architecture and Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture and frequently lectures in the U.S. and Europe.

DENNIS CROMPTON, "SEARCHING FOR A RESPONSIVE ENVIRONMENT" from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Exhibition opening reception for Crompton's exhibition, "Archigram," will immediately follow at the Liberty Research Annex (305 W. Liberty St., Ann Arbor). 

The lecture and exhibition are both free and open to the public. 
The Liberty Gallery hours are: Thurs.-Sun., 3-7 p.m.; Closed Mon.-Wed. & University holidays. For special group visits or requests outside of Gallery hours, please contact MaryAnn Wilkinson: 734-764-7808/wilkin@umich.edu