A Guide to Archigram 1961-74
Publication date 10/10/2012
5.7 x 4.92 inches (14.5 x 12.5 cm), Paperback
448 pages, 200 color illustrations, 350 b/w illustrations
Rights: World English;
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In the decade of the Beatles and the moon landing, cybernetics and megacities, an ambitious group of young British architects burst on the scene with a bold manifesto for urban building. The Archigram group pioneered a playful brand of architecture that was visionary, utopian, and grounded in social need. Through a provocative series of publications and exhibitions, the avant-garde cooperative challenged an architectural establishment they felt had become reactionary and self-serving. They advocated a complete rethinking of the relationships between technology, society, and architecture, rightly predicting today s information revolution decades before it came to pass.
A Guide to Archigram 1961 74 is a compact history showcasing the group s most interesting and influential schemes, from walking cities and plug-in universities to inflatable dwellings and free time nodes. This book, the most comprehensive guide to Archigram s voluminous output, collects the critical responses of the period, in addition to hundreds of drawings and photographs.
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