Archigram: Architecture Without Architecture

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MIT Press, 2005 - Architecture - 242 pages
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Shortlisted for the 2008 Bruno Zevi Award presented by International Committee of Architectural Critics (CICA). and Winner, Trade Illustrated Category, 2006 AAUP Book Jacket and Journal Show.

In the 1960s, the architects of Britain's Archigram group and Archigram magazine turned away from conventional architecture to propose cities that move and houses worn like suits of clothes. In drawings inspired by pop art and psychedelia, architecture floated away, tethered by wires, gantries, tubes, and trucks. In Archigram: Architecture without Architecture, Simon Sadler argues that Archigram's sense of fun takes its place beside the other cultural agitants of the 1960s, originating attitudes and techniques that became standard for architects rethinking social space and building technology. The Archigram style was assembled from the Apollo missions, constructivism, biology, manufacturing, electronics, and popular culture, inspiring an architectural movement—High Tech—and influencing the postmodern and deconstructivist trends of the late twentieth century.

Although most Archigram projects were at the limits of possibility and remained unbuilt, the six architects at the center of the movement, Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron, and Michael Webb, became a focal point for the architectural avant-garde, because they redefined the purpose of architecture. Countering the habitual building practice of setting walls and spaces in place, Archigram architects wanted to provide the equipment for amplified living, and they welcomed any cultural rearrangements that would ensue. Archigram: Architecture without Architecture—the first full-length critical and historical account of the Archigram phenomenon—traces Archigram from its rediscovery of early modernist verve through its courting of students, to its ascent to international notoriety for advocating the "disappearance of architecture."
  

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While it’s easy to be fixated on this British avant-garde architectural collective’s fusion of SF and pop imagery, Sadler finds some real substance in Archigram’s effort to revive the concept of ... Read full review

Contents

A NEW GENERATION ARCHIGRAMS FORMATION AND ITS CONTEXT
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THE LIVING CITY POP URBANISM CIRCA 1963
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BEYOND ARCHITECTURE INDETERMINACY SYSTEMS AND THE DISSOLUTION OF BUILDINGS
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THE ZOOM WAVE ARCHIGRAMS TEACHING AND RECEPTION
140
NOTES
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BIBLIOGRAPHY
226
ILLUSTRATION CREDITS
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INDEX
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Catherine Myser, Ph.D., runs the Bioethics and Anthropology Consultation Service in Oakland, California. She has conducted bioethics research, education, and clinical ethics consultation in Australia, India, South Africa, Sweden, Turkey, and the United States. She is the author of articles in American Journal of Bioethics, Civil Rights Journal, Journal of Clinical Ethics, Journal of Law and Medicine, Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Education, Medical Journal of Australia, and Seminars in Perinatology, as well as chapters in bioethics, cultural studies, and medical humanities books.

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