Edited by Peter Cook. Supported by Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb.
A very hard-to-find and important title on the British avante garde pop-architecture and design group, Archigram. Experimental in the extreme, Archigram was founded in 1961 by a small group of frustrated architecture graduates who worked on purely conceptual projects i.e. no actual buildings. In fact, they questioned the need for buildings at all. Their bold statements included the invention of the 'Walking City', the 'Instant City' and our favourite – 'The Suitaloon', described as “Clothing for living in – or, if it wasn't for my Suitaloon I would have to buy a house.”
Super illustrated with graphics that can only be described as the working plans of an architect who's totally high on LSD, this anti-Architecture Architecture book chronicles the development of Archigram's wild, often-humorous, but essentially serious ideas. And at the core of their way of thinking was the idea of 'Metamorphosis', “the continually changing but always existing environment” and a vision of the future as highly mobile, impermanent and ad-hoc.
Publication date: 1972
Publisher: Studio Vista
Details: Hardcover with dust jacket. 1st Edition. Very rare. 144p.