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Fraternity and electronics


A total art of the city demands a total knowledge of the needs of man as a growing soul; and a total love, a readiness to meet all his needs. It is an art which makes of each stone, each curve a living symbol of that knowledge and that love.


It has been remarked that the great revolutionary motto – “Liberté, égalité, fraternité!” – was not the invention of a French politician, but had first to be thought into existence by some yogi meditating high in the Himalayas, and that although mankind may have succeeded to a certain extent, on occasion, in achieving liberty and equality, we have not yet achieved fraternity. To realize fraternity has remained a universal longing, a challenge to human creativity which has not yet been met. An architecture =1 in the city of the future must satisfy this longing.

The future promises a much greater density of population than the past, an increase which corresponds to the increasing complexity of man's evolution. The food-gatherer needed more space than the man with flocks and herds. To the shepherd an agricultural density seems a threat to his very existence, and an agricultural society could not survive in the restricted territory of an industrial town. Each represents not only a new technique but also a new ecology, a new way man has found of living together with nature and with man.

There will be no palaces and no slums, but all the needs of all the citizens will be satisfied by individual houses for large families and for small. Schools and libraries, hospitals and parks and playgrounds, theatres and concert halls, swimming pools and sports grounds will all be integral parts of the town. Their careful planning, building and maintenance are as vital as man's own home to his physical and mental health, and have to be provided for by an architecture =1.

The city of the future, although small, will probably go far beyond any population density we imagine tolerable today. But thanks to continuous refinements in technology, to new materials, and to an economy of abundance, the general health and psychic harmony will make comfortable a smaller vital space as in a spaceship. Dwelling in what ancestors would have considered luxury, with air-conditioning, sound-proofing and automation of services, his electronic civilization will create, even in a small room, the feeling of space.

It is this electronic magic which will at the same time insure his privacy and connect him with others: parents with children, students with teachers, specialists, colleagues, friends. You have only to tell the social communication service who you are and whom you desire to meet, and the town computer will put you into immediate contact.

Because this society of the future is not only a fraternal society, but also a city of love.