ZOOM! THE TREASURE
OF EXPERIMENTAL ARCHITECTURE. AMAZING ARCHIGRAM 4.
NINETEEN SIXTY FOUR. THERE ARE NINE AND A HALF ARCHIGRAM ISSUES.
BUT THIS IS THE PRIZE.
THE MOST HISTORIC DOCUMENT.
Marvel at it. The fourth issue is the one. Archigram were an avant-garde London based architectural group that worked on purely hypothetical projects - ie. no actual buildings. They came closest to pre-imagining the internet - as one member David Greene wrote of the future; "...where the public realm is an electronic surface enclosing the globe."
Buck Rogers meets Jacques Cousteau. Space above and below. Underwater Zoom. The gap between fantasy and fact narrows. Most of this caption we are copying straight from the page. They gave good quotes at Archigram.
Piece of no resistance. The city of zoom. This pop up double page the focal point of all British experimental architecture. Buy it and build a museum around it. This is very rarely seen. Ten years or more we had been looking for a copy. And it felt like longer.
They famously never built anything save for a playground in Milton Keynes and Rod Stewart's swimming pool. But then there are a great many great architectural practices that never made amazing magazines! See more of the issue
on this link. Be brave and buy it on the button below.