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Spaced Out: Crash Pads, Hippie Communes, Infinity Machines, and other Radical Environments of the Psychedelic Sixties

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The utopian sixties inspired revolutionary and alternative ways to live, love, and entertain—and equally radical spaces to do it in. Stimulated by the psychedelic drug culture, rebel designers and architects distorted space to create womblike coves and isolation chambers, forging a spatial vocabulary that still reverberates today. At the same time, the tune-in-turn-on-drop ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 17th 2008 by Rizzoli
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Alan
May 25, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Intranauts and psychogeographers
Recommended to Alan by: The library
As luck would have it, I found myself reading this hefty, glossy art book in an open-plan A-frame vacation home, while on holiday in a small town on the Oregon coast which, by virtue of its relative isolation, still contains a few geodesic domes, whimsies and other visible architectural vestiges of the 1960s and 1970s.

Read in such a setting, Spaced Out becomes a work of almost unbearable nostalgia. Collected from original sources, unrehearsed, and often quite explicit, hundreds of photographs, d
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Oakley
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Radical pictures and a good summary of different 60's architecture and philosophy. This isn't some cliche hippie nostalgia trip either. Whether they are living in tree houses communes or conceptual modern structures, these folks are all living far out on the edge and transforming themselves and the world around them.
Redshift13
Dec 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
A flowing narrative of the 1960's cultural awakening that leapt from the electric prod of a psychedelic trip and found itself spacing out first inwardly, then in an evolution of created spaces--psychedelic dance halls to neumatic structures to geodesic domes and organic and chaotic forms.

An absolute triumph of a book, and an incredibly exciting and inspiring excavation of a colorful, creative, independent-minded past, one that came about two decades too early for me to have experienced first han
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Howard Mansfield
Feb 10, 2013 rated it liked it
Alastair Gordon pulls together all the crazy strands of hippie building – domes, yurts, crash pads, communes, and “biomorphic” space. The book has a trippy look that the designers must have loved playing with. The photos carry the story. I wish Gordon had gone into more depth about these places and what it was really like living there, but he’s caught the phenomenon; he’s given us a gazetteer to the spaced out places on the map.
Mittens
Jul 21, 2009 rated it it was amazing
this book has lots of boobs and monolithic domes.
this is more for the photos than the reading.
my favorite part was about timothy leary's mexican lsd compound with a "tripping tower" where there were trip shifts so someone would be trippin' up there at all times. rumor has it that just walking by it would get you high. yeah, man, yeah.
Filip Daniëls
Dec 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The book documents in a very accessible way the psychedelic movement from a broad perspective and links it to more main stream influences in for example architecture, interior design, ... . Very accessible document with many pictures.
Kime
Oct 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
Just got this book, which is RAD! Super cool hippie commune pads and space egg like solar houses. Lots to look at, with big color images of the 60's radical environments. I am excited to read all about them
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