Architecture Today and Tomorrow

Architecture Today and Tomorrow

Architecture Today and Tomorrow

Architecture Today and Tomorrow

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The building is forever the touchstone of architecture. Photographs, even great photographs, can only remain vivid visual synopses to recall or entice. What the architect has done, and how he has done it, require study of the structure. Why the architect created as he did, and his plans for a future still years distant, only the architect himself can illumine. For this reason the present analysis of twentieth-century architecture views each building against the totality of the man's work, both past and future, and relies on the architect's own words whenever possible; these words can also serve to introduce the reader to the great creative architectural personalities of our own time.

I am overwhelmingly grateful for the hours spent in conversation with the men discussed in this book, including time passed with the late Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin North and Taliesin West. My debt is nearly as great to many whose work is barely touched upon in these pages. My hope is that, in telling in some detail of the few, I may have illuminated the achievements of the many.

Appreciation is also gratefully acknowledged to my many colleagues on Time, in particular to the late Edward O. Cerf, as well as to Time's staff of correspondents who assist so wholeheartedly in discovering and reporting world-wide excellence in architecture. To the publisher of Time I wish to express my appreciation for his permission to use the color plates that have accompanied my weekly articles. I would also like to thank the publishers of Life and Architectural Forum for permissions granted for the use of color plates.

While the pleasure in architecture can be shared, much of the task of writing cannot. Therefore, most of all, I extend my deep and abiding gratitude to my wife, whose forbearance has been sorely taxed but whose support and assistance have been boundless.

Cranston Jones . . .

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