The 'friendly alien' was something of an Archigram reunion that proved a showcase for ideas around connection, technology and reality

Published in Buildings
Monday, 28 January 2019 10:31

Can architecture become radical again?

Why are we still enthralled by yesterday’s radicals? Because today’s visions of the future are so dull, writes Jay Merrick

Published in Comment

Hugh Broughton’s Antarctic research station is part Archigram, part Thunderbirds – a series of brightly coloured modules on skis.

Published in News
Friday, 26 August 2011 12:05

The Vorticists

With only a week left to see The Vorticists at Tate Britain, we bring you Owen Hatherley’s review of this exhibition celebrating the “insurgent avant-garde” art movement that flourished in London before and during World War One.

Published in Review
Thursday, 18 August 2011 15:54

The legacy of megastructures

Today, the space frame lurks quietly behind the skins of buildings by Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid, as well as regional shopping centres, but in the 1960s it was central to architects’ visions of utopian megastructures and a future of unlimited expansion.

Published in Features
Friday, 08 January 2010 10:50

First Works

The AA brings together the debuts of the starchitects – can it offer any pointers to today’s young practices? Geoff Shearcroft looks for tips.

Published in Review
Thursday, 09 July 2009 10:04

Megastructure Reloaded

The speculative megastructures of the 1960s weren't just utopian dreaminess, they were entirely practical.

The Barbican’s survey of the architectural avant-garde over the last 50 years is like a members' club. You only make it in if you show the right kind of originality.

Published in ICON 038 | August 2006
Thursday, 22 March 2007 09:13

Archigram | icon 013 | June 2004

Archigram’s sense of laissez-faire offered an alternative to serious modernism. but the group’s incoherence has allowed critics to ignore its truly revolutionary ideas. Perhaps it's time for a reappraisal?
Published in ICON 013 | June 2004
Wednesday, 21 March 2007 11:27

Cook and Fournier's Kunsthaus Graz

Peter Cook and Colin Fournier's much-anticipated Kunsthaus Graz is about to open, in time to catch the end of the Austrian city's tenure as European Capital of Culture 2003.

A retrospective of the work of the Italian collective Superstudio looks at how they took the logic of modernist rationalism to its absurd end. But how serious were they?

Published in ICON 001 | April 2003