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Archigram - Peter Cook


By: Peter Cook (Editor), Michael Webb (Introduction by)

Paperback Published: September 1999
ISBN: 9781568981949
Number Of Pages: 152
For Ages: 13+ years old

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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 combine to make competition projects, and generally prop one another up against the boredom of working in a London architectural office. It became obvious that some publication would help. The main British magazines did not at that time publish student work, so that "Archigram" was reacting to this as well as the general sterility of the scene. The title came from a notion of a more urgent and simple item than a journal, like a 'telegram' or 'aerogramme, ' hence 'archi(tecture)-gram.'...By this time Peter Cook, David Greene, and Mike Webb, in making a broadsheet, had started a new Group.

Thus begins "Archigram," a chronicle of the work of a group of young British architects that became the most influential architecture movement of the 1960s, as told by the members themselves. It includes material published in early issues of their journal, as well as numerous texts, poems, comics, photocollages, drawings, and fantastical architecture projects. Work presented includes Instant City, pod living, the Features Monte Carlo entertainment center, Blow-out Village, and the Cushicle personalized enclosure. Archigram's influence continues unabated: direct descendants of the group's work include Lebbeus Woods, Neil Denari, Takasaki Masaharu, and Morphosis. This title is a facsimile edition of a book originally published in 1972, with a new introduction by Michael Webb.

Boys at Heartp. 2
A comment from Arata Isozakip. 4
A comment from Peter Reyner Banhamp. 5
A comment from Hans Holleinp. 6
A comment from Peter Blakep. 7
Architecturep. 8
Expendability and the consumerp. 14
Living Cityp. 18
Zoomp. 26
Plug-inp. 36
The capsulep. 44
Bursting the seamsp. 48
Control and choicep. 68
Open endsp. 74
Instant Cityp. 86
Features: Monte Carlop. 102
Gardener's notebookp. 110
Mound, ground and hidden delightsp. 120
Dreams and manifestationsp. 124
The Archigram Groupp. 140
Chronologyp. 142
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ISBN: 9781568981949
ISBN-10: 1568981945
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 13+ years old
For Grades: 8+
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 152
Published: September 1999
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 27.9 x 21.6  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.67
Edition Type: New edition