ARCHIGRAM: Magazine and Ephemera Collection
Scope and Contents
ARCHIGRAM (an amalgamation of archi-tecture and tele-gram) began as a self-published magazine by its main group members Peter Cook and David Greene. Produced between 1961 - 1974, the magazines (spanning nine and a half issues) showcased experimental architectural work to an increasingly global audience; as such they are seminal documents of avant-garde architectural ideas. The hugely influential and extremely scarce Archigram magazine included in this collection (9 vols., various formats) is accompanied by an extensive collection of rare ephemera consisting of posters, flyers, cards, publication prints, and 5 original colored photographs.
- Majority of material found in 1961-1974
- Archigram (Group) (Author, Organization)
Language of Materials
9 vols. Various formats, very good condition.
Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open for research.
Conditions Governing Use
Copyright of the magazine remains with Archigram Group.
Extent1 linear feet (1 flat box)
English architectural group and periodical of the 1960s. The periodical began as a student publication founded by Peter Cook in 1960, and by 1964, consisted of Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, Ron Herron, David Greene, and Mike Webb. In the form of a self-published zine using modern techniques such as photocopying, it was distributed by mail and by hand, and the material illustrated in the priodical was considered visionary and avant-garde. Among the most well known projects included are Ron Herron's "Walking Cities" project, (1964) which comprised large urban structures set in motion on mechanical legs. The high-point of their success was marked by their winning a major international competition for an underground entertainment center in Monte Carlo (1970).
The Archigram Magazine and Ephemera Collection is arranged in two Series: Series A (Archigram Magazine - with each issue a Subseries thereunder), and Series B (Archigram Ephemera).
Purchased from Sims Reed Rare Book Dealer, 2019.
- ARCHIGRAM Magazine and Ephemera Collection
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