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House Plan: Will Alsop on David Greene’s Living Pod

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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.


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