On the swinging streets of 60s London, when the world was colored in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors and dreams of the first green technologies, Warren Chalk, Peter Cooke, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron, Michael Webb and countless collaborators formed the group Archigram. Part architectural visionaries, part cultural commentators, and part machine, the group would go on to create a technicolor utopia of projects that walked off of the page and imagined the future collision of architecture, technology, and the society of tomorrow.
They dreamt of walking cities, plug-in design, and instant homes that would lessen our impact on the environment, while also improving our quality of futuristic life. In this scenario, families no longer needed to crowd into communities or permanent structures. They could live and travel throughout nature in Bedouin-style, portable, high-tech, inflatable homes that would plug into circuitry built amidst the natural surroundings and then disconnect and deflate to a back-pack size for transport. Traveling cities could be inflated in any space, at any time, to inject knowledge and culture into any environment. But for those who preferred a more urban setting, Archigram imagined temporary, inflatable additions to whole towns and cities to inspire and support perpetual evolution.
After all, Archigram asked, why live in a house at all when you can live in a submarine? Why use airplanes when you can ride a magic carpet? Why have a city that stays in one place when it has the potential to walk? Why create permanent structures in the style of today, when the world is constantly changing and might just be different tomorrow?