Neutra "Europa - Amerika und die weite Welt des Architekten" (Synopsis & Draft)

Neutra on the role of an architect in the life of modern man



In this 1953 radio essay, Viennese-born architect Richard Joseph Neutra speaks of his childhood in Austria, his view of Europe’s place in the world, and warns against what he sees as the dangers of modern life in America. Advancements in modern technology (consumer, rather than nuclear) are his main concern and, he warns, need to be balanced with man’s basic, biological needs. Using the example of post-war reconstruction in Europe, he argues that architects have the opportunity to positively influence society and bring modern life back into balance. [This scanned document represents selected passages from the radio essay and is not the complete text.]