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Archigram

London, United Kingdom
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Archigram were a collective of British architects established in the sixties and dissolved by the mid-seventies.

Despite never having a realised project, they created some of the 20th century's most iconic images and projects, rethought the relationship of technology, society and architecture, predicted and envisioned the information revolution decades before it came to pass, and reinvented a whole mode of architectural education – and therefore produced a seam of architectural thought with truly global impact.

The name Archigram (Architecture+Telegram) was invented to describe a home-made magazine, the free-form was designed to explore new projects and new thinking which were overturning the strict modernist dictates of the 1960s. The group was comprised of six members Peter Cook, David Greene and Mike Webb published the first issue and then invited Ron Herron, Dennis Crompton and Warren Chalk. They began to receive attention and were working together on exhibition projects so the name stuck with them as a group.

Thee projects which they created drew on the technologies of the ‘Space Race’, the dawn of the digital information revolution, and the US-led consumer boom, to develop new visions of what life and society might be like in the immediate future. The projects included the famous Walking City, Plug-in City and Instant City, which variously proposed the use of pods, capsules, megastructures, inflatable or temporary components, cars, furniture, clothes and gadgets to replace conventional building forms – in other words, the inventive use of new technologies to rethink society and its forms of habitation.

London, United Kingdom
AleeshaCallahan, November 13th, 2013