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An architecture of liberation


There was a time in man's evolution when the more things he possessed the more he was considered a man. But the time is soon coming when even the possession of a toothbrush will be considered old-fashioned, an embarrassing fetter, impedimenta. At the beginning of civilization the more cows a man possessed the more he felt himself blessed by the gods. He did not realize that the cows possessed him. The more a man advances in civilization the more he finds his elementary needs met as they arise. The man of the 21st century ll be a child of the freedom which the electronic age and the jet age are preparing for him.

Just as the neolithic village was able not only to survive but to surpass its hunter antecedents by means of a powerful new technology and agriculture, we the builders of the city of oneness have been given a powerful new technology. To build our city we had to wait for the electronic age. Electronics is not simply a continuation of the old culture based on the wheel, nor is it an electronic town a magnification of the possibilities of the old town. The electronic city will attain to new intensities of common life of which the village or the town of the mechanical age were not capable.

Man will insist that the house he lives in be built with materials which his ancestor of the 20th century could hardly have afforded. He will have glass walls which do not let in the ultraviolet rays, and air-conditioning to keep his house free of dust, dirt and heat. The walls of his room will be immense television screens which permit him to choose the surroundings in which he wants to spend each day. He has only to select a number and press a button in order to be surrounded by a lunar or a submarine landscape, the Sahara Desert or the valley of Kashmir, or even an entirely aesthetic environment composed by an abstract artist. Or he can choose to live in the space at the heart of the galaxy, surrounded by heavens sown with stars of blue, red, green and gold.

In his work room or his studio will be the console of a computer, and a television screen to connect him with any library, museum, theatre or laboratory on the planet.

Thus his wealth, as the wealth of the entire town, will be concentrated in the electronic system, riches which seem fabulous to us but which he will share with all others and find in every house he lives in. Before the television screen the whole world sits in the orchestra seats, with no standing room to which the poor are relegated. The freedom, the equality, the fraternity which man has realized in his consciousness will be guaranteed and sustained by the electronic civilization around him.