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Maitland Lecture. Architecture as Structure and Environment

Architecture and civic design face serious problems of location, structure and accessibility, arising from the condition of crowded urban societies in every part of the world-even the newly developed: unprecedented increases in numbers, rapid technological advance, greater mechanization and new concepts of space and scale; but less corresponding capacity, as yet, to adapt social institutions and controls to cope with accelerating population and growth rates: more affluence and leisure on the one hand, and on the other a growing majority of people inadequately fed and housed. There is thus a universal migration into cities coupled with a deterioration in urban environment; as the vehicle ousts the pedestrian, utilities replace the monument and advertisement-commercial and public-camouflages the noticeable parts of the civic structure and furniture which man has already designed for purposes of living, working, playing and meeting his fellow-men. William Holford

Author(s): Holford, William