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Archigram

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Edited by Peter Cook. Princeton Architectural Press, 1999. 144pp. £21.95

First published in 1972, this new edition of Archigram is just as it was, writes Paul Finch - with the addition of a brief introductory essay by team member Mike 'Spider' Webb. Following the brilliant exhibition of Archigram's work in Vienna in 1994, which has been travelling worldwide ever since, the group's ideas have found a fresh audience. With their graphic clarity and stop-at-nothing quality, they continue to provoke.

Webb notes that whereas Archigram would try to make the essentially inert (a building) into something moving, at the Bilbao Guggenheim a fluid process is arrested to create an inert object. If you have nothing on Archigram in the library, get this now. But when will the Hayward Gallery stage the show for which it was made?

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