Magazine article The Futurist

Roy Mason, Architecture Editor

Magazine article The Futurist

Roy Mason, Architecture Editor

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Roy Mason, architecture editor of THE FUTURIST, died in Washington, D.C., in May at the age of 57.

Mason was a member of the group that founded the World Future Society in 1966. He designed the Society's logo, based on the Japanese tomoye symbol, and became the Society's first art director, successfully locating and inspiring a variety of talented artists willing to contribute their services voluntarily to the Society. He served as first art director of THE FUTURIST.

For the Society's First General Assembly in 1971, Mason located a group willing to contribute a number of very striking dome-like inflatable structures, which were supported by air pressure. For the 1975 Assembly, he produced a stunning slide show on the future, winning widespread applause. The slide show was later produced in quantity and distributed to schools and other interested groups.

Mason organized the Society's "Visions of the Future: An Art Contest" in 1976. He became the architecture editor of THE FUTURIST, a post he held until his death. He wrote or edited a series of memorable articles on architecture of the future, including such unfamiliar topics as underground architecture and biological architecture. …

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