In the second of a new series looking at influential housing plans, Will Alsop picks the ‘fluid’ Living Pod by David Greene of Archigram
In 1966, I was surrounded by autogamy brickwork rchitecture and although I had always been a fan of Ralph Erskine’s 1961 dome house, it wasn’t until David Greene’s Living Pod that I began to think of something beyond geometry.
The plan is so good - fluid and indeterminable.
As an 18 year old, this was truly exciting.
At this time I was living in Northampton but it was possible to lay your hands on the Archigram magazine which is where I first encountered this sketch. For those in the know in Northampton at the time it made you really cool.
I would never have thought that in subsequent years I would be taught by David Greene, let alone have the opportunity to teach beside him. I am very happy to say he later became a friend.
This respect and friendship has clearly been one of the influences on my work. I would hate to spoil it by saying how.