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 cushicle is an invention that enables a man to carry a complete environment on his back. It inflates out when needed. It is a complete nomadic unit - and it is fully serviced.
It enables an explorer, wanderer or other itinerant to have a high standard of comfort with a minimum effort.
The illustrations show the two main parts of the Cushicle unit as they expand out from their unpacked state to the domestic condition. One constituent part is the “armature“ or “spinal“ system. This forms the chassis and support for the appliances and other apparatus. The other major element is the enclosure part which is basically an inflated envelope with extra skins as viewing screens. Both systems open out consecutively or can be used independently.
The Cushicle carries food, water supply, radio, miniature projection television and heating apparatus. The radio, TV, etc., are contained in the helmet and the food and water supply are carried in pod attachments.
With the establishment of service nodes and additional optional apparatus, the autonomous Cushicle unit could develop to become part of a more widespread urban system of personalized enclosures.
Archigram, Edited by Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron & Mike Webb, 1972 [reprinted New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999].
Clothing for living in - or if it wasn't for my Suitaloon I would have to buy a house.
The space suit could be identified as a minimal house. In the previous Cushicle, the environment for the rider was provided by the Cushicle - a mechanism like a car. In this project the suit itself provides all the necessary services, the Cushicle being the source of (a) movement, (b) a larger envelope than the suit can provide, (c) power. Each suit has a plug serving a similar function to the key to your front door. You can plug into your friend and you will both be in one envelope, or you can plug into any envelope, stepping out of your suit which is left clipped on to the outside ready to step into when you leave. The plug also serves as a means of connecting envelopes together to form larger spaces.
The Cushicle shown is for one rider only. Various models of Cushicle envelope and suit would of course be available ranging from super sports to family models.
Michael Webb Archigram, Edited by Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron & Mike Webb, 1972 [reprinted New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999].
Comfort for Two
'Comfort' in its current English usage an old, rather 'hairy' (and therefore suspect) word but it is interesting that the most impressive modern architecture is most often accused (by lay people) of being 'uncomfortable'. This is at the level of the most literal interpretation of the word, but it serves as a warning that if we are not careful we shall end up by providing a commodity that by its inhumanity is just aesthetic fetish.
Returning to the fundamental comfort-instinct, it is reasonable to check designed situations against their probably 'plus' or 'minus' in terms of whether they make people feel safe or unsafe, propped-up or isolated, happy or unhappy.
Goodies. Enjoyment. Security. 'System' of structure, facilities, service, etc. is a comfort giving thing as much as ice-cream is a comfort giving goody.
Archigram Archigram, Edited by Peter Cook, Warren Chalk, Dennis Crompton, David Greene, Ron Herron & Mike Webb, 1972 [reprinted New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 1999].