Simon Sadler chronicles the encounter between fantastic technology and the built imagination orchestrated by Archigram during a unique decade. The rigorous historical knowledge offered by his book does nothing to lessen the excitement their designs still generate. Jean-Louis Cohen Sheldon H. In drawings inspired by pop art and psychedelia, architecture floated away, tethered by wires, gantries, tubes, and trucks.

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To my left, a tweedy professor type softly sang Latin lines from an ancient leather-bound tome. To my right, a pair of art historians hunched intently over delicate sheets of 18th-century foolscap. As the attendant eyed me skeptically from across the room, I sat snickering at what appeared to be a sci-fi comic book. Early issues featured formally exuberant projects, mostly from their student days, as well as more recent competition entries by themselves and their friends.

Loosely thematic issues related to expendability, science fiction, the city, and experimentation came next, followed by more polemic editions that aimed to drive architecture beyond building. By the mids, young architects from around the world were eagerly awaiting each new issue. Without Archigram, the early careers of architects as diverse as Rem Koolhaas, Thom Mayne, and Richard Rogers would be difficult to imagine, and the development of high tech architecture unthinkable.

Ironically, by the time high tech had reached its apotheosis in the s, Archigram had largely fallen out of favor, overshadowed by the heady critical culture of postmodernism and deconstruction. While I was at the Getty, the group was enjoying something of a renaissance. A major exhibition had opened in Vienna in By , it had toured sixteen additional cities and had spawned four catalogues. Simon Sadler released an informative monograph, Archigram: Architecture Without Architecture, in Sure, some of the pages had been reproduced in print over the years, and all of them are now online at the Archigram Archival Project.

Every issue is reproduced in its entirety at high resolution and in full color. It even includes the pop-up skyscraper! Extensive presentations of key Archigram projects complement the magazine pages.

Even seasoned Archigram aficionados will find surprises here. The book presents canonical projects with a thoroughness that earlier publications generally lack, and lesser-known ones with equal intensity. Archigram unapologetically privileged pleasure over politics and rarely bothered to unpack theoretical propositions beyond pithy captions. Its reluctance to address head-on the thornier sociopolitical implications of its work left its members exposed to searing criticism, particularly in the early s.

So, does this sumptuous volume produce the same kick as fondling original Archigrams? The presentation is a little too slick to capture the raw excitement of the originals. Todd Gannon is head of the architecture section of the Knowlton School at Ohio State University and the author of numerous works of architectural scholarship and history.



Taylor Woodrow asked the group, led by the architect and designer Theo Crosby, to enter an internal competition for a public entertainment complex built around a concrete television tower which was to be the central feature of the forthcoming Montreal Expo. Once the Expo was over these elements could be adjusted, replaced or removed. It provides access to rapid transport and communication links with remote population centres and contains facilities for aircraft and hovercraft, with slower methods of transportation such as monorails, buses, cars, and pedestrian tubes operating on the lower levels. The structure itself serves as an information transmitter: its towers are communication and broadcasting beacons as well as facilities for transport control.


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Yojar Cook has delivered buildings, such as a bright blue blob of a drawing school in Bournemouthin which the curvy, organic shapes from the pages of the Archigram magazine become reality. There are many places where you can magazlne Archigram, even today. We were self-aware in a different way. I just thought that the projects that we did were possible. Dennis Crompton was the person who knew how to do silk print, so that is when we introduced color from the silk print. It always arcbigram to magazin, however, that none of these designs were intended as sci-fi architecture, but serious architectural research that happened to need to be conducted in another medium. Its price was sixpence, in old money.



Shakashura It started in and came out with nine maazine. The Booka page compendium of the magazines and related works, assembled and edited by Crompton. Both in Utopie and Archigram, in fact, the characteristics of the printed media were explored in an experimental way by archibram with the layout, compositions, and techniques. Taylor Woodrow had this little internal competition for the tower.

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