More Than 200 Projects are included in the Archigram Archival Project. The AAP uses the group’s mainly chronological numbering system and includes everything given an Archigram project number. This comprises projects done by members before they met, the Archigram magazines (grouped together at no. 100), the projects done by Archigram as a group between 1961 and 1974, and some later projects.
The Blow-out Village aimed to combine three aspects of technology as support for an exploded version of one of our cultural icons, ‘the village’. Nothing sweet and homely here – the hovercraft, hydraulics and the inflatable are combined. The village is a package that only comes into full fruition when it arrives.
Mobile villages can be used everywhere to rehouse people hit by disaster, for workmen in remote areas, and as fun resorts sited permanently or seasonally at the seaside and near festivals. When not in use the village is quarter size. This is done by drawing off the hydraulic fluid from the main mast and the arms: the village then contracts. It is moved on to a site by a hovercraft motor and anchored by the two feet seen in the diagram. The main mast is raised hydraulically to the chosen height. Air-inflated ribs fall from the top of the main mast supporting a weatherproof transparent plastic cover over the whole village.
1. Main mast
2. Sub masts
3. Appliance units
4. Machine and control cabins
5. Dwelling units
6. Home screens
7. Main engine room and hydraulics unit
8. Ground spread locators
9. Access ways
10. Air inflated rib to control dome
11. Entry point
12. Movie projection on to dome
13. Free-standing dance floor.