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Archigram opens 'massive' archive to all

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Archigram is about to unveil a huge free archive featuring masses of material by the legendary 1960s architecture group

A new website that will offer unrestricted access to 10,000 Archigram images will be launched next week, featuring the acclaimed projects Walking City, Plug-in City and Instant City and full copies of the group’s magazines.

The group’s leaders; Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, Peter Cook, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb; have contributed to the archive’s 200 projects; with full drawings, photographs and other material from the 1960s and 1970s.

Highlights include: a swimming pool for Rod Stewart; an unrealised Monte Carlo casino; Michael Webb’s Temple Island experiments with perspective; a Soria Moria collaboration with Cedric Price and other ‘invisible’ projects.

The unprecedented £300,000 project connects Dennis Crompton’s personal collection with archives held by Ron Herron’s son, Simon Herron, and other Archigram members.

University of Westminster’s Experimental Practice research centre (EXP) delivered the project, which was led by Kester Rattenbury, Murray Fraser and project manager Clare Hamman.

Filip Visnjic, Pierpaolo di Panfilo and Stephen Winter from Westminster’s Parallel Computing Centre designed the website.

The Archigram Archival Project will launch on Monday (19 April).

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