Archigram get architecture’s highest acolade

What heartening news. The awesome Archigram take their place in the architecture hall of fame, if they hadn’t already, by being recognised with the Royal Institute of British Architects Gold Medal.

Reading the following quote about the creative act of “dare” from the citation mind me to mind of a few current digital design threads around the place. Oh, And if you go over to heyotwell.com you’ll see that Andrew has spotted this nodal point too, and has summed it up eloquently in a post about “designer responsibility”.

“What Peter Cook has called “The Archigram Effect” is that of “dare” and of watching how other architects are sometimes encouraged to find it possible to innovate, to turn a programme on its side, to fly in the face of local traditions or inhibitions. The effect has been to instil a mood of optimism, so that, however it turns out, a piece of work will not actually worry too much about justification.”

» Judges’ Citation for the 2002 RIBA Royal Gold Medal Winner

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