Architecture in Transition

Architecture in Transition

Architecture in Transition

Architecture in Transition

Excerpt

For twenty-eight years now now I have been expressing my views on architecture in lectures and articles, as well as in reports of all kinds. It was in 1960 that I was given the honour of delivering the annual discourse of the Royal Institute of British Architects (R.I.B.A.) under the title 'Architecture in Evolution'. During the same year I had the opportunity of speaking on various occasions to the architects and planners of the United States, Norway and Sweden, Pakistan, Ghana, Egypt and Greece.

In some of these lectures I spoke of the dilemma of the architect in our time; in others, although my subject concerned the problems of physical plans and human settlements, and my audiences included experienced architects and students, administrators and artists, economists and engineers, sociologists and geographers, I was always asked questions about architecture and the problems that architecture is facing today.

That is why I decided to publish this book on Architecture in Transition even before the book I really wanted to print first, that on Ekistics. This book attempts to provide a systematic answer to the questions which have been asked by my audiences, especially during the last few years of my lectures. While basing it principally on my discourse to the R.I.B.A., I have also expanded my treatment of a few of the questions with which it deals, and added several notions which I feel are indispensable to a general understanding of the subject as I see it.

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