Ron Herron’s Walking City is one of the more recognizable Archigram designs from the s, and has been influential to architectural theory. They include Walking City, a peripatetic giant reptilian structure, Living Pod a minature capsule home and Instant City, an airship containing all the cultural and . Traversing the ocean, the units of Herron’s Walking City represent a kind of technological utopianism—military submarines are combined with insectlike.

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Panel created by Archigram, aboutMuseum no.

They include Walking City, a peripatetic giant reptilian structure, Living Pod a minature capsule home and Instant City, an airship containing all the cultural arcjigram education resources of a metropolis which could land in remote areas giving inhabitants a taste of city life. They all shared the aim of challenging an architectural establishment they felt had become reactionary and self-serving.

Walking the City: Guest Post: Archigram’s “Walking City” Concept

The collective launched its critique and its proposals for a better future with an eponymous publication in Archigram created this panel in London during the early s. Sixteen panels were produced as part of its submission to a competition for a new summer casino and club in Monte Carlo.


Collage had rarely been used as a device in architectural design until Archigram made it a characteristic part of its work. The adoption of this style differentiated the collective’s work from orthodox architectural designs of the late Modernist period which were often spare and colourless.

Archigram’s Walking City: A 60’s Architectural Vision of the Future

The main illustration depicts the design for Instant City. Its hot air balloons that deliver urban thrills to rural areas evoke comparisons with Jules Verne, early science fiction and Walming. The use of magazine ephemera creates the aesthetic of advertising; Archigram promises alcohol, cars, dangerous stunt shows and pretty models to an entranced audience.

In its vision, technology has the power to emancipate society and give us more time to enjoy ourselves. Although the article is optimistic in tone, the title suggests that, perhaps prophetically, Archigram had eventually begun to question the potential of technology.

Ron Herron – Wikipedia

As a phrase it is a frequently used graffiti slogan. Although most of Archigram’s projects remained unbuilt, its conceptual contribution was considerable. Questioning the Vitruvian notion that buildings need to be static entities, it offered mobile, miniaturised and technologically-rich alternatives.


It encouraged us to think about what we cihy needed from architecture, and about whether the conventional approach was providing us with optimum solutions. Archigram’s influence can be seen in the work of world-class architects: In recognition of the group’s substantial contribution to international architecture, Archigram was awarded the RIBA Gold Medal in on the strength of its conceptual ideas.

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