‘Drive in Housing’ by Archigram | 1972
The project is a preliminary study in the design of automated constructional, servicing and dismantling techniques applied to a large building development.
The building has been designed large enough to include its own component production units. these manufacture moulded reinforced plastic panels, which are conveyed, folded up, to their position in the structure and then open out to form usable floor space. Plastics have been chosen in preference to steel as a constructional medium because the full advantages of on-site component production can be taken. In the case of plastics, transport consists of raw materials arriving at one of the ports and being, ideally, pumped through pipelines to the site production units. In the case of steel, each member must be completed in the factory, which may be a great distance from the site.
— Michael Webb