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A Guide to Archigram 1961-74 [Paperback]

Dennis Crompton
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1 Oct 2012
A Guide to Archigram 1961-74 is a reprint of a dual-language (English-German) book on the history of the Archigram Group, which revolutionized architectural thinking in the 1960s. The group s members, Peter Cook, Ron Herron, Warren Chalk, Michael Webb, David Greene, and Dennis Crompton, proposed a manifesto for new urban building that focused on a hightech, futuristic approach employing modular technology. This book traces the development of the group's ideas until the architects split to form individual design groups in the 1970s.

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  • Paperback: 492 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press; Bilingual edition (1 Oct 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 161689086X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616890865
  • Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 12.4 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 563,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Flipping through the Guide nearly 40 years since Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron, and Michael Webb ceased the Archigram experiment, it's easy to see why their individual and group contributions have been so influential in recent years. Archigram's projects may not have gone beyond "paper architecture" (oh, but what great drawings they are!), but their promotion of true freedom and embrace of technological change make their work hard to resist all these decades later." -- Archidose.org

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Dennis Crompton was a founding member of the Archigram Group. As a member of Archigram, he has kept the group's records from their earliest days and established the Archigram Archives in 1975 when they ceased to practice. He was responsible, with Ron Herron, for the assembly and design of the major exhibition, Archigram: Experimental Architecture 1961- 74, which opened in Vienna in 1994. Crompton designs exhibitions and books whenever the opportunity arises and has continued to guide the Archigram Exhibition around Europe, Asia, and North America. He has had a strong involvement with the Architectural Association School since 1965, and he was responsible for communications and publishing until 1996. More recently he is involved in teaching the masters courses in architecture and urban design at the Bartlett. Crompton frequently lectures at schools of architecture, urbanism, and design in the United States and Europe.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Deeply disappointing - Buy a magnifying glass 3 Mar 2013
By Monique
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It's not that this book is poorly researched, or inadequately illustrated. It's not that it is too specialised, or written in inaccessibly highbrow language. The problem is more fundamental than that. This book, put simply, is absurdly small. It is in fact only a few inches high. Never before has an architecture book been so small. I have reasonably perfect vision but such is the scale of the book, I can barely see the images or read the text.
The book is so miniature that it appears to have been difficult to print. I would advise all buyers, unless they like their books to be little bigger than a beermat or have great need for a distinctly pocket sized Archigram text for all those moments one finds oneself in when an immediate knowledge of Archigram will avert calamity, to not buy this book and instead buy something that is in fact the scale of... a book.
This is a laughably woeful publishing catastrophe, though no doubt somewhere in the publishing world someone thought this would best represent Archigram's own pipe dreams.
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