New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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HOSPITALS OF THE FUTURE

By LORIMER RICH

This war will not be won the day the armistice is signed. The high objectives for which we fight will not be secure until we have made the great transition from war to peace economy, from destruction to construction. Fighting will cease. Demobilization will begin. War industries will stop. Soldiers will return to civilian life. Thousands of workers will seek new jobs. This crisis will come upon us suddenly and it will be the beginning of a most trying period which will tax the intelligence and resourcefulness of us all. The service men must have work. They must provide for their families. The majority of communities and public authorities agree that some sort of work must be provided. Men can be put to work on useless leaf raking and boondoggling or they can be put to work on projects which will have permanent value to their communities. No one will question that they should be employed upon the latter. Surveys, analyses, blueprints and specifications are all necessary preliminaries before the steam shovel can start. All this takes time. Public administrators should take steps at once to provide their localities with a reserve shelf of needed public projects. Not projects in a preliminary stage only but projects which are completely designed and ready to be put on the market must be prepared and waiting. These projects cannot be planned as entities in themselves. It is imperative that studies be made of the

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