Dennis Crompton: Roots - Everything is Very Ordinary

Department of Architecture Spring 2011 Lecture Series

Dennis Crompton was born in Blackpool, England in 1935. He was a member of the architectural collaborative group Archigram, which was established in London in 1961 and worked together until 1975. The group operated as an experimental think tank, producing a magazine, projects, models, exhibitions, and proposals that represented a shift in how architectural practice was considered, prioritizing processes and structures for living over the notion of architecture as commodity. Influenced by pop culture, the proliferation of technological advances, and increasing social and political discontents, Archigram's production emphasized mobility and flexibility in ways that continue to have currency today. Crompton kept the group's records from their earliest days and established the Archigram Archive in 1975. He also manages the exhibition Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961–74, which has been touring internationally since 1994. Crompton has had a strong involvement with the Architectural Association School since 1965, and until 1996 he was responsible for its communications and publishing. Recently he has taught master's courses in architecture and urban design at the Bartlett School of Graduate Studies. He is also the curator/archivist for the Magic Lantern Society, and over the last 30 years he has been involved in a number of books on the history of precinema. His lecture will focus on his pre-architectural experiences growing up in a north-of-England seaside resort town, Blackpool, and how this influenced later life as a member of Archigram.