U-M Taubman College exhibition celebrates the imagination of Archigram | Arts & Culture

U-M Taubman College exhibition celebrates the imagination of Archigram

U-M Taubman College exhibition celebrates the imagination of Archigram

Plug-In City, super-graphic and related drawings, Peter Cook, 1964. Photo by Bryan Ranallo, Taubman College

Archigram celebrates the imagination and ingenuity of Archigram, the British architects whose dynamic and provocative vision of future life brought the pop spirit to the architecture avant garde in 1960s Britain.

Vibrant, playful, optimistic, and iconoclastic, the visionary architectural projects presented by Archigram in exhibitions, collages, drawings and film, played an important role in 1960s pop culture and have an enduring influence on architecture today. 

Archigram was founded in London in 1961 around a nucleus of young architects: Warren Chalk, Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron and Michael Webb. Inspired by pop culture, advances in technology and the belief that architects had a responsibility to develop new ways of responding to social change, the group rebelled against the conservative architectural establishment by launching a magazine—entitled Archigram—to express its ideas.

Archigram is free and open to the public until February 19, 2017. The exhibition is located at the Tubman College Library Gallery on 305 W. Liberty St. in Ann Arbor, and is open 3 p.m–7 p.m from Thursday–Sunday.

Organized by Dennis Crompton for Archigram. Supported by the Johe Fund.

Superhero logo entrance sign. Photo by Bryan Ranallo, Taubman College