Architect, educator and founder member of Archigram, David Greene has been hugely influential for generations of architects. The exhibition and accompanying AA publication will explore Greene's interest in how new technologies inform new architectures by demonstrating his increasing disinterest in form and a wilful drift towards invisibility. Conceived as part of an
ongoing workshop, the show will be representative of Greene's highly acclaimed 'exploratory laboratory' teaching studios.
The exhibition will present a series of newly commissioned models of Greene's signature works such as his L.A.W.u.N.* project including Logplug and The Bottery and some of his lesser-known projects such as a mosque for Baghdad and high-rise Living Pods.
Greene, working in collaboration with Samantha Hardingham, has invited a number of designers to revisit the original projects, reviewing their context in relation to contemporary construction and digital techniques. AA Diploma tutor and artist Shin Egashira is looking at Greene's thesis project, a mosque for Baghdad (1958), with a view to designing an appropriate fabrication technique for this building which displays a complex array of geometries.
Theodore Spyropoulos, AA DRL co-director and founder of minimaforms, aims to evolve the 'High-rise pods' project, exploring the possibilities of a large assembly of living pods. Textile sculptor Rowan Mersh is designing the very first 'hairy coat' ' more a communications habitat than a garment. This full-scale prototype is a manifestation of Greene's audio visual piece
entitled 'The World's Last Hardware Event' (1967) and imagines a world where man can wander, carrying his architecture in his pocket (preempting the arrival of mobile phones and memory sticks). Finally, filmmaker Nic Clear is editing a new version of a short film about Greene's 'Invisible University', containing footage collated by David Greene, Mike Barnard and Samantha Hardingham. Alongside these specially commissioned models the exhibition will feature original drawings, some of them unseen for 30 years.
David Greene is an AA First Year Tutor and continues to develop the 'Invisible University' as a live research project at the Research Centre of Experimental Practice EXP at the University of Westminster. In 2002 Greene won the RIBA Annie Spink award with Sir Peter Cook, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to architectural education.
The accompanying AA publication is written and edited by David Greene and Samantha Hardingham.