Why is the website so ‘square’?
Well, we didn’t want to pretend that we were Archigram and we wanted it to be clear what was website and what were the original projects, so we designed it to be as simple as we could – both to look at and to use. So we hope it’s good for technophobes as well as technophiles. In fact, the term 'website' might even be slightly misleading, in that it's really just a great big sort out of Archigram's work, done online. In other words, a great big friendly database full of wonderful stuff!
Where's all the criticism?
Over to you! This website is intended, wherever possible, just to offer digital versions of the original material – with texts as well as pictures, insofar as we have them – and so we've treated it as neutrally as we possibly can. It’s definitely not a book on the subject, or a review, or our own critical take. So it’s a freely available online archive in order that critics can write criticism, historians can write history, designers can look at designs, etc. We'll use it to write our own stuff later, and so can you.
Can you give me permission to use these pictures in a book/exhibition/advert?
No! The Archigram Archival Project doesn't own or control any of the material, and so we don’t have copyright over these images. To get that, you will need to contact the copyright holder of the specific work, which is generally either the Archigram Archives (contact: Shelley Power) or the Herron Archives (contact: Simon Herron). Please use the envelope on each page for a specific drawing, or the general CONTACT US box to email the copyright holders.
Why can't I zoom?
Copyright restrictions! Archigram are very kindly letting us use these images at a restricted size, and for free, but equally they have to safeguard the use of their material.
We know that means that sometimes you can't read the text in the Archigram magazines, and some of the drawings you will want to look at more closely, but there’s nothing we can do about it. We're very sorry, but that’s the way of the world. But we've transcribed the texts of the magazines so you can always read what they say.
Plus we do have a high-resolution version of the website which is kept offline at the University of Westminster, and is available by appointment for bona-fide students and researchers to study but not make copies.
How do I get to use the high-resolution version of the material?
If you're a student or an academic and you need to see the drawings in more detail, you can write to the University of Westminster Archive and fix a time to come and see this. Please see the university's archive for further information and general terms and conditions.
Can I use these images?
You can use them, at this size only, for student essays or visual presentations. But you definitely can't use them for anything commercial or for any public outputs -- books, magazines, movies, advertising, etc. So it means if you're putting them into a student essay, for instance, then that's fine. If someone wants to publish your essay, however, it’s not fine, and you have to get copyright permission. If you are in any doubt about what is and is not permitted, please check with the authors/copyright holders for their agreement to your proposed use.
Can I use these texts?
Normal copyright rules apply again on this point. If you're quoting only a few lines and giving a properly accredited reference to the authors, it's fine. Longer texts, however, always need permission. It says at the end of each piece who authored these texts, and you'll need to approach them for permission. The EXP sign means that the University of Westminster project team wrote it.
Where are the original drawings and images located?
That’s a tricky one, as they might be anywhere. This website archive shows material owned by many different people, and often the originals are loaned out and on show in exhibitions round the world. You can see who let us make the copy by looking under the 'collection' tag (e.g. Archigram Archives, Herron Archives, etc.). Then if you contact them, they can tell you where their stuff is at the moment – say, if you are planning an exhibition.
Is there more material by Archigram that’s not on the website?
Oh yes! There are items which have been lost over the years (you will see that some projects have numbers but can only be seen as empty boxes on the site).
There is also a lot more individual ephemera around - items like letters, notebooks, etc. And there is a lot of work which cannot really be seen as 'core' Archigram material, but which was done by members of the group after or beyond their time in Archigram. Again, we might make further bids for adding these further stages of the work.
We haven’t been able to include all the audio-visual material either, because it will require specialist conversion and there is quite a lot to transpose. Then there are some movies which were made by the BBC and which we simply don't have copyright permission to use. There are also lots of audio recordings, some of them featuring copyrighted music which we wouldn't be able to afford to use.
But apart from all that, this is the main body of the Archigram work, so far as we know it. There are nearly 10,000 images on the website and we hope that gives you plenty to get on with for now!
Is this particular project complete?
This main stage is, yes, although as with all websites we'll be doing a certain amount of tweaking. It was funded by a £304,000 Resource Enhancement Grant from the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council which was very specific in what we agreed we would do. As we say, we might be able to get more funding to do more work on the site. Contact us if you have any good ideas about this.
How do I find out more about Archigram?
There's an absolute mass of books, magazine articles, websites, journals, and such like out there – just look in the bibliography we put together. Or else watch out for the next Archigram exhibition (usually advertised on Archigram's website). Do look out also lectures by any of the four surviving members: Peter Cook, Dennis Crompton, David Greene or Mike Webb; lots of these talks are also already available online.
I know something that you don't...
If you have spotted a mistake on the website, or have material or information you would like to add, please let us know (kindly).
There's a glitch...
Sadly, technology has a habit of malfunctioning on occasions. The website has been designed without fancy software so you don't need to have the most up-to-date model or a great knowledge of technology. If you do experience any difficulties, you could try using a different web-browser, as this may help. If you are still having trouble or something has stopped working, please use the CONTACT US box to send a message to the web-team.
How do I study Archigram?
People are doing research on and/or getting taught by Archigram members at universities all over the world. The University of Westminster is one of these places, so if you're specially interested in working with us, then contact Professor Murray Fraser, who coordinates the research work and PhD programme here.2