New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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GLASS IN FUTURE BUILDING CONSTRUCTION

By EARL AIKEN ( Libbey-Owens-Ford)

That part of the professional world whose population consists of architects, engineers, city planners, administrators and sociologists, have, among their many assets, one in common--Imagineering.

For that reason alone, therefore, any message addressed to their attention relative to the new possibilities of glass in the postwar era might well be titled, "Horizons, Unlimited." Such a title, to be sure, might easily be interpreted as the braggadocio suggestion of a swashbuckling publicity man, but since the writer of this article is well aware of the calibre of readership for which it is intended, he makes the title suggestion under the influence of what he likes to believe is a reasonably sane state of mind.

Ignoring, therefore, the understandable itch of the enthusiast to weave fantastic but impractical word patterns about his postwar product possibilities, it is within the bounds of good judgment to state that glass now is able to function very effectively as one of the truly important keys to open the doors to new triumphs in architecture and design.

The intensified development and production of glass for war purposes, resulting in numerous technological advances in glass manufacture having immediate value for the armed forces, simul-

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