The Revolutionary Urbanism of Street Farm: Eco-Anarchism, Architecture and Alternative Technology in the 1970s

The Revolutionary Urbanism of Street Farm: Eco-Anarchism, Architecture and Alternative Technology in the 1970s

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By (author) Stephen E. Hunt

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  • Publisher: Tangent Books
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 215mm x 16mm | 350g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2014
  • Publication City/Country: Bristol
  • ISBN 10: 1906477442
  • ISBN 13: 9781906477448
  • Edition statement: 1
  • Illustrations note: Black and white photographs
  • Sales rank: 667,055

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Stephen E Hunt has produced the definitive study of Street Farm (Graham Caine, Peter Crump and Bruce Haggart), a London-based collective collective of anarchist architects working in the early 1970s. The three friends put together Street Farmer, an underground paper that, alongside mutating tower blocks, cosmic tractors and sprouting one-way signs, propagated ideas for the radical transformation of urban living which they called 'revolutionary urbanism'. Taking inspiration from Situationism and social ecology, Street Farm offered a powerful vision of green cities in the control of ordinary people. As well as writing and drawing, the group took part in street activism and squatting, were exponents of autonomous housing and radical technology and became rock 'n' roll architects, going on the road with multimedia slideshow presentations to a recorded soundtrack of music by the likes of John Lennon and Jefferson Airplane. In 1972 Caine built and designed 'Street Farmhouse' with Haggart and other friends. It hit national and international headlines as the first structure intentionally constructed as an ecological house, appearing on an early BBC documentary introduced by a youthful Melvin Bragg. While their fame was brief, their ongoing influence on prominent green architects including Howard Liddell, Brenda Vale and Robert Vale and Paul Downton has been more enduring. In the present time of crisis the current hegemony of state and capital offers solutions that increasingly fail to inspire confidence and lack credibility in the eyes of millions of world citizens. The principles of organising society for human well-being and justice and for ecological viability are enduring. Radical history learns from the past to inform the present and inspire the struggle for the future. The utopian current suddenly seems not so utopian; eco-anarchism offers a set of thinking tools to imagine alternative possibilities for that future. If we can demand the impossible, we can also refuse the inevitable.

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Street-Farming Men Revolution in the Air: Street Farm in Context 1968 and all that Green Earth Blues The Class of '71 at the Architectural Association Archigram: The White Heat of Cool ARse and the Derriere-Garde Architects' Revolutionary Council Plots and Squats 'Revolutionary Urbanism': Street Farm's Praxis Beautiful Processes Alienation (Renewable) Power to the people Transmogrification Gutkind and the 'Rise of Communities' 'Up Against the Hedge Mother Earth Fuckers' Anti-Lectures: Street Farm's Multimedia Adventures The Urban Pastures of Street Farmer Film Shoots in Green Boiler Suits Street Farm Projects The First Ecological House Tinkering and Bricolage Autonomous Houses, Liberated Homes Demolition of Street Farmhouse After Street Farm EarthWorkshop Graham Caine: From Revolutionary Portugal to the Bristol Gnomes Conclusion: Eco-Anarchism - Refusing the Inevitable