Archigram

Overview

In late 1960, in various flats in Hampstead, a loose group of people started to meet: to criticize projects, to concoct letters to the press, to make competition projects, and generally prop one another up against the boredom of working in London architectural offices. The main British magazines of the time did not publish student work and Archigram was responding to this as much as to the sterility of the scene. The title Archigram came from the notion of a more simple and urgent item than a Journal, like a ...
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Overview

In late 1960, in various flats in Hampstead, a loose group of people started to meet: to criticize projects, to concoct letters to the press, to make competition projects, and generally prop one another up against the boredom of working in London architectural offices. The main British magazines of the time did not publish student work and Archigram was responding to this as much as to the sterility of the scene. The title Archigram came from the notion of a more simple and urgent item than a Journal, like a telegram or aerogramme - hence, "archi(tecture)-gram.". "This facsimile edition of a book originally published in 1972 is a chronicle of the work of Archigram as told by the members themselves. It includes material published in early issues of the Journal, as well as numerous essays, comics, collages, poems, and fantastical architecture projects. The book is updated with a new introduction from longtime member Mike "Spider" Webb.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783764324476
  • Publisher: Birkhauser Verlag
  • Publication date: 1/28/1990
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.57 (w) x 11.06 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

Boys at Heart 2
A comment from Arata Isozaki 4
A comment from Peter Reyner Banham 5
A comment from Hans Hollein 6
A comment from Peter Blake 7
1 Architecture 8
2 Expendability and the consumer 14
3 Living City 18
4 Zoom 26
5 Plug-in 36
6 The capsule 44
7 Bursting the seams 48
8 Control and choice 68
9 Open ends 74
10 Instant City 86
11 Features: Monte Carlo 102
12 Gardener's notebook 110
13 Mound, ground and hidden delights 120
14 Dreams and manifestations 124
The Archigram Group 140
Chronology 142
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