Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs By Future Systems and Archigram exhibition catalogue

Yesterday's Future: Visionary Designs By Future Systems and Archigram

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'Yesterday’s Future is both inspiring and sad: gone are the days when we looked to the skies and expected to see flying cars zipping to and from glorious monuments to our mastery of materials. The irony is that some of these architects’ ideas are needed more than ever: adaptability, sustainability, and most of all the idea that architecture should remind us of our highest aspirations' - The Tangential

A handsome book exploring extraordinary 20th-century utopian architecture from the prominent architecture groups Archigram and Future Systems

Filled with drawings, collages, and models, this companion book to an exhibition at Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt examines how each firm's utopian vision was shaped by the times in which it was conceived.

The designs by Archigram, a London-based firm headed by Peter Cook, Ron Herron and Dennis Crompton, date back to the moon landing and an era filled with hope for new beginnings. By contrast, the latter project, the work of Future Systems, headed by Czech architect Jan Kaplicky and David Nixon, was conceptualized at the height of the Cold War, when the future appeared gloomy. Although the majority of these utopian designs were never realised, their plans offer a fascinating look at how architects prepare for a world they can only imagine

  • Author: Philipp Sturm, Curator at Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main
  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Date published: July 2016
  • Language: English/German
  • ISBN: 978-3791355757
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 29.5 cm

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