Amazing Archigram: how a bunch of English architectural fantasists conquered the world.
(Â© Hugh Pearman. First published in The Sunday Times, March 28, 2004, as "Aliens carrying a friendly message".)
When a group of young English architects with slightly dull day jobs named themselves Archigram and started spending their evenings drawing up fantastical, science-fiction buildings at the start of the 1960s, two things did not seem likely. Firstly that they would get to build very little during their careers. And secondly that they would become globally famous. When the Archigram exhibition opens at London's Design Museum this Saturday (April 2), it is the final gig of an extraordinary ten-year international tour. These ageing architects - or those that have survived the whole long, weird trip - are treated as rock stars from Tokyo to New York.
Forty years on, the future has arrived
The radical 1960s architectural collective Archigram is finally achieving recognition for its extraordinary visions. Why did it take so long? Giles Worsley reports There was a bit of a flap late in 2002 when Archigram, the 1960s architectural collective best known for its fantastic visual images such as the Walking City, was given the RIBA's Royal Gold Medal