In the preparation of this book, I have received assistance from many individuals and organizations and, unfortunately, it is not possible to mention them all by name. My gratitude goes first to the Architectural League of New York which has helped to finance my research trip to Latin America through the Award of the Arnold W. Brunner Scholarship.
Latin American architects, artists, art critics and historians have shown a great enthusiasm for the subject of this book. Their warm reception, their guidance and their collaboration were most helpful. I wish particularly to thank: Fernando Belaunde-Terry, Francisco Bolonha, Félix Candela, Mario Carreño, Oswaldo Corrêa Gonçalves, DeWitt Peters, Dr. Justino Fernandez, Sanson Flexor, Mathias Goeritz, Vladimir Kaspé, Luciano Korngold, Walter Loos, Jorge Machado Moreira, Luís Miró Quesada, Anna-Maria Niemeyer Magalhães da Silveira, Affonso Eduardo Reidy, Flavio Leo A. da Silveira, Wit Olaf Prochnik, Hernan Vieco, Jaime Villa Esguerra, Carlos Raúl Villanueva, and Amancio Williams.
I am greatly indebted to the following persons for graciously lending me many very valuable photographs: Antonio Arís, Consul of Guatemala; Gonzalo Fonseca , painter; José Gómez- Sicre, Chief, Visual Arts Division, Pan American Union; Henrique Mindlin, architect; Sibyl Moholy- Nagy, architectural historian; Stamo Papadaki, architect; D. A. de Vasconcellos, Consul General of Brazil.
My sincere appreciation goes to Alexandre Kadison for his care and limitless patience in reading and smoothing every page of the manuscript, and to Rudolph de Harak for his brilliant layout of this book.
Finally, I wish to express my deepest gratitude to my wife for her constant encouragement, as well as for her constant encouragement, as well as for her discerning suggestions and invaluable help.