Ron Herron’s Walking City is one of the more recognizable Archigram designs from the s, and has been influential to architectural theory. They include Walking City, a peripatetic giant reptilian structure, Living Pod a minature capsule home and Instant City, an airship containing all the cultural and . Traversing the ocean, the units of Herron’s Walking City represent a kind of technological utopianism—military submarines are combined with insectlike.
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Traversing the ocean, the units of Herron’s Walking City represent a kind of technological utopianism—military submarines are combined with insectlike exoskeletons and periscoping legs.
Archigram’s Walking City: A 60’s Architectural Vision of the Future
Each unit of the city contains a comprehensive set of urban resources. Linked by a superstructure of retractable corridors, they form an instant and itinerant metropolis. Here collage is used both to circulate an idea and to propose a new architecture of circulation: Herron, a founding member of Archigram, the British group known for its admixture of science fiction and pop culture, created Walking City out citu an indefinite number of giant roaming pods containing different urban and residential areas and resources.
Traversing the ocean, they represent a kind of technological utopianismmilitary submarines are combined with insect-like exoskeletons and periscope legs. Linked by a superstructure of retractable corridors, they form an instant and itinerant metropolis that not only walks but adapts to endless change.
Disseminated through magazines, the collage was used to circulate a proposal for a new architecture of circulation.
Ron Herron describes himself as an architect who “attempts to make architecture by fusing building, technology, and art to make something ‘special’ for the user. Like his contemporaries in Archigram, and like the Austrians Raimund Abraham, Hans Hollein, and Walter Pichler, Herron produced an architecture rooted in advanced technology.
Not surprisingly, the city was one of the most popular subjects of Archigram’s creative visions, which made “Living Cities,” “Plug-In Cities” and “Walking Cities” exemplary possibilities of this truly organic evolutionary form. Walking City on the Ocean is one of Herron’s many drawings addressing the concept of indeterminacy, or of an architecture that can change.
The Walking City comprises a series of giant vehicles, each containing the static elements of the urban aggregate and all collectively making up a metropolis. For Cedric Price, an architect who shares concerns with Archigram, the parts of the Walking City were living creatures that “roam the globe forming and reforming. In fact the Walking City is not unlike some of the engineering accomplishments seen at Cape Kennedy—mobile structures that cigy the landscape.
Ron Herron, a founding member of Archigram, the influential British group known for its admixture of science-fiction and pop culture, created his Walking Vity out of an indefinite number of giant walkingg pods containing different urban and residential areas.
The pods could be connected by retractable corridors and, together, form a conglomerate metropolis.
This literally mobile and indeterminate architecture was not so much a serious proposition for a structure as a commentary on the way in which change dominates every aspect of the modern city.
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