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Halcyon daze

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Surfing the Interweb, it is possible to discover many little gems from the other side of the pond. For example, this week we were able to enjoy the New York Times’ architecture critic, Nicolai Ouroussoff, enthusing about an exhibition of architecture magazines on show at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Called ‘Clip/Stamp/Fold: The Radical Architecture of Little Magazines’, it celebrates a time when ‘when the field of architecture was still marked by a playful intellectual and political independence’. This was the era of Archigram – and of its critics. Ouroussoff was tickled by a 1970s edition of ARse, ‘whose cover,’ he said, ‘shows members of Archigram earnestly pitching their proposal for a leisure center in Monte Carlo, their first major commission. Titled “Archigoon Wins at Monte”, the cover article attacks the firm for its focus on consumer culture at the expense of social issues. Inside, a story mocks Buckminster Fuller as the “ambassador-priest of United States technological imperialism.”’ See it all here .

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