Spaced Out: Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties

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Random House Incorporated, 2008 - History - 302 pages
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The utopian sixties inspired revolutionary and alternative ways to live, love, and entertain—and equally radical spaces to do it in. Stimulated by the psychedelic drug culture, rebel designers and architects distorted space to create womblike coves and isolation chambers, forging a spatial vocabulary that still reverberates today. At the same time, the tune-in-turn-on-drop-out message lured youths into far-flung communes, often under the roofs of brightly painted geodesic domes draped and tie-dyed fabric. Idealistic and anarchic enclaves with names like Drop City and Morning Star redefined the concept of community, inventing a wildly spontaneous way of building and dwelling. For the first time, these ephemeral spaces are brought together in Spaced Out. The many never-before-published photographs and an inventive text by acclaimed author Alastair Gordon show in detail the spirit and ideas of this radical period.

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Review: Spaced Out: Crash Pads, Hippie Communes, Infinity Machines, and other Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties

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Alastair Gordon pulls together all the crazy strands of hippie building – domes, yurts, crash pads, communes, and “biomorphic” space. The book has a trippy look that the designers must have loved ... Read full review

Review: Spaced Out: Crash Pads, Hippie Communes, Infinity Machines, and other Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties

User Review  - Goodreads

Alastair Gordon pulls together all the crazy strands of hippie building – domes, yurts, crash pads, communes, and “biomorphic” space. The book has a trippy look that the designers must have loved ... Read full review

About the author (2008)

Alastair Gordon is a critic, curator, and author of several books, including Weekend Utopia: Modern Living in the Hamptons, Beach Houses: Andrew Geller, and Naked Airport: A Cultural History of the World’s Most Revolutionary Structure. He writes regularly for The New York Times.

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