New Architecture and City Planning: A Symposium

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SOME PROBLEMS OF THE LOW-COST HOME

By RAPHAEL S. SORIANO

The solution of the private house or a house in a community development analyzed in terms of present and post-war techniques must embrace the consideration of social, economic aspects and the aesthetic development of the occupant, the region, the scientific discoveries in the manufacture and application of materials and tools, together with the technical cooperation (or lack of it) of craftsmen, and the mental development, both social and aesthetic of the architect, with his ability in analyzing and coordinating the above.

Nothing is more depressing than to see a melange of loosely assembled ideas, of mixtures of old techniques with new techniques, of aesthetic hangovers with new sentimental aesthetics, new pretentious imitations of old-world farm houses with twentieth century one-piece prefabricated bathrooms, or prefabricated houses having quaint colonial entrance porches with windows broken up into squares A la Louis XIV, or plastic and stainless steel moldings made into simplified Greek cornices. Our critical eye must not stop with the house. We must analyze and question the simple gadgets we use in our daily lives--our glasses, our dishes, our pots and pans, our shoes, our dresses, our radios, our chairs, our lamps etc., in order better to understand the creative approach and solution of our houses and of our cities.

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