To coincide with its contemporaries of Archizoom, and following a tendency that goes back to the sociological vision of the city of Georg Simmel, for Archigram. Built by Peter Cook, Archigram in, AD Classics presents you with The Plug-In City, along with other projects such as The Walking City or The. Control and Choice · Ideas Circus Instant City Bornmouth Steps · Monte Carlo · Urba Mark · Landscape Projects · Suburban Sets.

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A project for a nomadic city, Instant City is the result of an approach to a philosophical quandary concerning architecture which Archigram had begun to experiment with in Plug-in-City Instany their concept, architecture disappears, giving way to the image, the event and audiovisual presentations, to gadgets and other environmental simulators.

This city superimposes, for a time, new spaces for communication onto an existing city. This audiovisual environment of words and images projected onto suspended screensassociated with mobile objects airships and hot air balloons with tents, pods and mobile homes hanging from them, and with technological objects gantry cranes, refineries and robots creates a city that consumes information, one intended for a population in movement.


The first step towards network of information, archigra, leisure and facilities, Instant City is brought to the towns on the edge of a metropolis by a fleet of all-terrain vehicles and helicopters.

In this way, the local community is integrated into the metropolitan community. This idea of infiltration ciy intended as a complementary rather than foreign addition to the communities visited.

The vehicles are then transformed into dirigibles. Instant City is precisely what its name implies: Instant City is also one of the first examples of network architecture, 25 years before the insatnt of the Internet: It is a scenario, which, once set in motion, is will be rewritten by all the inhabitants who will bring it to life.

Thus, Instant City has no fixed form, no prior constraints. It is an example of something impossible to represent, a city that has no existence as such and which is only an incident in time and space.


In the dialectic between permanent and transitory, mobile and ephemeral, Instant City embodies the utopian vision of architecture freed from its foundations, of a flying and aerial city, which transforms architecture into a situation, into a reactive environment. Architecture appears both as a consumer object and as the creation of an artificial environment. Peter Cook Archigram Instant City, Airship ” Zeppelin” Model 01 Instant City Visits Bournemouth 01 Instant City Rupert IC 2 01 Instant City Plan of Total Assembly 01 Dirigeable Instant City M3 01