Peter Cook, Archigram, Instant City : Kogo
Peter Cook, Archigram
Born in 1936, Southend-on-Sea, England
Lives in London
Instant City, Airship Visits a Sleeping Town, 1968
Photographic bromide prints
Courtesy of Archigram Archives
In 1968, the innovative and prankish architecture collective Archigram published a series of prints titled Instant City, in which they imagined air ships—the technology of the day—transporting “city life” to a sleepy seaside village in order to transform it into a dynamic, creative environment. Instant City seems to prophesize the kind of extravagant, nomadic rock concerts that emerged, like Woodstock in 1969, as a response to political and social upheaval. In the last two panels, Peter Cook, the creator of these drawings, explicitly implies that the air ships’ visit would bring permanent cultural change to the sleeping town.