Anyone who wonders why certain TreeHugger writers are preoccupied with containers, trailers, movable dwellings and clothing that turns into housing should have a look at the newly released archives of Archigram, the group of British architects from the sixties that inspired a generation. They didn't build very much, but as Geoff Manaugh says, most of their ideas have been constructed, only for the wrong reasons, in the wrong ways, and by the wrong people.
Manaugh at BLDGBLOG puts it so well:
Archigram predicted a modular future propelled by cheap fuel, petrodollars, and a billion easy tons of unrecycled plastic--but, beneath that seamless gleam of artificial surfacing and extraterrestrial color combinations was a fizzy-lifting drink of human ideas--as many ideas as you could think of, sometimes imperfectly illustrated but illustrated nonetheless, and, thus, now canonical--all of it wrapped up in a dossier of new forms of planetary civilization.
The work has not been easy to find until now, but has been collected by EXP, the Research Centre for Experimental Practice at the University of Westminster. It is a treasure trove; dig in here.
Archigram influenced Posts in TreeHugger:
Andrew Maynard's Corb 2.0: Archigram Reborn
Archigram Redux: More Ideas From the Sixties Are Fashionable Again
Here Today, Gone Tomorrow: Portable Architecture
Carry Your House on Your Back With Vessel by Justin Gargasz
Party Dress: The Ultimate in Movable Architecture
Andrew Maynard's Suburb-Eating Robots
"Portable Housing" Is Really A Vertical Trailer Park