Today we move into the July 1963 issue in the Mississippi Architect series, reprinted courtesy of the Mississippi Chapter of the AIA. If you’ve missed the previous entries, just click the MSArcht tab above to see the tables of contents and read each month’s magazine in its original format.
Today, editor Bob Henry encourages the AIA membership to build buildings for the future, architecture that will be valued after the generation that built them is gone.
Now, more than at any time in history, we are challenged to produce better architecture. This is so for several reasons.
We live in the richest country in the world and a measure
of its wealth is enjoyed by most of its people rather than being concentrated in the hands of a few. Most people become owners of architecture at some time during their lives.
We have more people architecturally trained than ever before. The architect is as readily available to the mass of the people today as the doctor, dentist, and lawyer.
We enjoy the advantage of a technology that has advanced further in this century than in the previous twenty. Until a century ago, architecture fully exploited the technological
possibilities of its time. So many concepts, methods, and materials are now available that we hardly scratch the surface of possibilities.
Good architecture should make a visual contribution to our physical environment in addition to serving its useful purpose. Too often we place all of the emphasis on immediate
usefulness and economy without giving enough consideration to the fact that buildings endure long after these considerations have ceased to be important. We cannot afford
The challenge, then, is for owner, architect, and contractor to build well in order that our contribution to the total architecture in which we live and work will serve society well for generations to come.
This article is reprinted from the July 1963 issue of the Mississippi Architect, with permission from the Mississippi Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. View the full July 1963 issue of Mississippi Architect in a digitized format, or for other articles in this ongoing series, including the pdf version of each full issue, click on the MSArcht tab at the top of this page.
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