Archigram art prints

ARCHIGRAM, Warren Chalk (1927-1987), Peter Cook (1936- ), Dennis Crompton (1935- ),
David Greene (1937- ), Ron Herron (1930-1994) and Michael Webb (1937- ), were
especially active during the years from 1961 to 1974. The London-based group anticipated
the global inter-relatedness of culture and technology and thus had an immediate influence
on architectural discussions world-wide. The significance of their work for the international
community of architects has long been recognised; in the early nineties they were back in
the focus of debates about future urban life. Archigram’s ideas responded to space travel
and moon landing, subculture and the Beatles, science fiction and the new technologies of
the sixties and seventies. Their historical inspirations came from architect/artists such as
Buckminster Fuller, Bruno Taut or Friedrich Kiesler. As a result, they created radical –
often shocking – alternatives to cities, houses and other architectural archetypes. The
pluralism of architectonic vocabulary, which is so typical of Archigram, includes collages of
advertising images from the world of consumer goods, conglomerates of cities reminiscent
of spaceships, or metaphor drawings on robotics and organic cityscapes. Their radical re-
definitions of flats as “Capsules”, of cities as “Plug-in Cities” or “Walking Cities” (both
1964), and an aesthetic formal vocabulary that goes beyond functionalism had its
repercussions on the contemporary art and subsequent avant-garde architecture not only
in Europe but notably also in Japan and America. Japanese, American and Austrian
architects in particular were in touch with the group again and again in spite of differences
in their architectural approaches.

20 prints found