(London): (Archigram), (1968). First Edition. 8vo. Original stapled folding envelope holding nineteen sheets: fourteen 8" by 5.5" approx.; five 16" by 5.5" (folded in half, as issued). Envelope very good, with an inch-long tear at head of spine, some light creases and touches of soil. One staple separated. Sheets about near fine to fine: bright, crisp, and clean. Complete. Item #19800
Issue of this important, beautifully designed little magazine of radical architecture published on the occasion of the 1968 Milan Triennale. The young Archigram group operated from a utopian futurist, Buckminster Fuller-inspired view, with technology at the forefront. As Mike Webb put it, Archigram originated "because we felt at the time that very exciting things were happening [in architecture], as indeed they were," particularly in the US -- but London still lacked an avant garde, and felt "empty and lifeless" [CLIP STAMP FOLD, p. 27]. ARCHIGRAM EIGHT is a series of loose sheets dealing with "the problem of direct personal provision: of comfort, facility, satisfaction, enquiry..." Each sheet is marked within several categories including metamorphosis, nomad, indeterminacy, hard(ware)/soft(ware), emancipation, exchange/response, and comfort. An important record of avant-garde architecture (and radical '60s optimism), with gorgeous graphic design.