BOOK CORNER #7: ARCHIGRAM

What do you do when you’re a student of architecture in the 60s in London and no magazine is interested in your ideas, much less your designs? You publish a fanzine! You know, those old black-and-white mimeographs that were a bit blurry with a very limited circulation.
 

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"Archigram" (a contraction of architecture and telegram) came out in 1961, in a run of 300 copies, decrying Bauhaus, espousing the idea of consumability in architecture, thereby buying into the consumeristic society that was so popular at the time. Archigram is a collage of futuristic, poetic and controversial designs, sketches and utopic cities; in short, a blend of those ingredients that classic architecture disdained. A pop aesthetic slipped into the drawings as it did into the typeface, with collage under comic strips; floorplans resembled vegetation and change was on the march! Archigram would publish nine issues between 1961 and 1974 – needless to say they’re hugely sought-after collectors’ items. This 1999 book, a reprint of the 1972 opus, chronicles "Archigram"’s approach.


"Archigram", published by Princeton Architectural Press, 1999, 144 p.
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