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Simon Sadler chronicles the encounter between fantastic technology and the built imagination orchestrated by Archigram during a unique decade. The rigorous historical knowledge offered by his book does nothing to lessen the excitement their designs still generate. -- Jean-Louis Cohen, Sheldon H. Solow Professor in the History of Architecture, Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, and Director, Institut francais d'architecture, Paris Long overdue, Simon Sadler's book finally gives us a meticulous ideological history of the evolution of Archigram, one which will prove invaluable to all future accounts of British architectural culture during the 1960s. -- Kenneth Frampton, Ware Professor of Architecture, Columbia University Until recently, no one knew quite where to plug Archigram into the history of 20th-century architecture. Bursting with radical ideas and paper projects about architectural practice and its constructions, it was safely filed under 'the swinging sixties'. But a reevaluation has been under way over the last ten years, showing Archigram to be still influential (more than ever, actually) and still relevant to thinking about the built environment. First came the exhibitions; now this full-length study by Simon Sadler, another first. Archigram: Architecture Without Architecture carefully tells the story of this informal grouping of idealistic young architects, and draws lessons for today. Welcome back to the plug-in city... -- Christopher Frayling, Royal College of Art, London

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Simon Sadler, author of The Situationist City (MIT Press, 1998), is Associate Professor of Architectural and Urban History at the University of California, Davis.

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"Until recently, no one knew quite where to plug Archigram into the history of 20th-century architecture. Bursting with radical ideas and paper projects about architectural practice and its constructions, it was safely filed under 'the swinging sixties'. But a reevaluation has been under way over the last ten years, showing Archigram to be still influential (more than ever, actually) and still relevant to thinking about the built environment. First came the exhibitions; now this full-length study by Simon Sadler, another first. *Archigram: Architecture Without Architecture* carefully tells the story of this informal grouping of idealistic young architects, and draws lessons for today. Welcome back to the plug-in city..."--Christopher Frayling, Royal College of Art, London

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