THE ARCHIGRAM OPERA [& ZOO] : A review Excerpt

by Christopher Johnson & Andrew Hum (AA 4th Years)
Diploma Unit 7


5 February 2015
Rear Second Presentation Space, Architectural Association


Archigram cut-outs bill of quantities :

3.5 hours file preparation

8 sheets of baltic birch ply

8 hours CNC

2 hours edge clean up

1 hours base cutting

5 hours assembling

3 hours gluing

13m x .84m paper

4 hours printing

2.5 hours cutting out

3.5 hours mounting

2 bottles spray mount

1 large blue van + man

8 hours driving to/from Southend

22 people



Content of Image :

Joe Cocker’s intro to ‘With a little help from my friends’ at Woodstock 1969 + video stills

Archigram Archive, Southend + big blue van in Bedford Square

Dennis Crompton’s plan for the Archigram Opera in the rear presentation room

David Greene’s initial email requesting help

Andrew Hum next to plywood Plug-In City cut-out in the workshop

David Greene’s glitchy keyboard 9s

Excerpt from David Greene’s opera intro

List of people involved in making the cut-outs

Various still’s from the Archigram Opera, 2014


For more information:

The Archigram Opera [& Zoo]

The Archigram Archival Project

Diploma Unit 7