Monte Carlo Camp, Introductory Sheet 1
Collage and photomontage
V&A Museum no. LD31 LD32 /circ 472-1974
Archigram were a small group of radical architects working in London during the 1960's. Their approach was open ended, inventive and resulted in a series of experimental projects that were never built. The 'Walking City', the 'Plug-In City', the 'Living Pod' and the 'Instant City' (illustrated on the panel) suggest that in order to survive we must invent new artefacts, new situations and regard shelter or city living merely as a term of reference that does not demand a 'house' or 'city'.
In 1969 the group submitted a scheme for an entertainment facility in Monte Carlo. The collage technique used combines magazines, cuttings from photographs with their own architectural drawings in aerial perspective. The curved corners of the board were charactersitic of 1970s style. The experimental designs of the Archigram group, though never carried out, influenced many later buildings including the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Much of their appeal lay in Archigram's graphic style, which resembled Pop Art from the same period.
This drawing can be viewed in the V&A Prints and Drawings Study Room.