Perspecta is an architectural journal, however the subject of Perspecta 17 is people. The “architecture” which is illustrated is the vocabulary through which the individuals who created the “architecture” are represented.
It is an appeal to people. It asks us to re-evaluate our attitudes about dwelling: what does it mean to dwell on the land, to shelter ourselves from the weather? It asks us to look seriously at the way in which we are building and at the way in which we use materials. And above all, it asks us to integrate these new elements into an expression that represents the human spirit, that part of an individual which often is only subtly described when we represent ourselves building, but without which our lives lose much of their meaning.
Our sincere appreciation goes to each contributor who was steadfast in support through the years of this Journal’s progress; and to each individual whose name we do not know but whose poetry we share in this publication.
Il Filarete—"On the Origins of Architecture"
Victor F. Christ-Janer—"Constituent Imagery"
Jak Katalan—"The Act of Building and That of Being"
Werner Blaser—"Buildings of Stone: Statics as Aesthetics"
Karsten Harries—"The Dream of the Complete Building"
Kent Bloomer—"The Personality of a Ruin"
Kent Bloomer—"Alfombres de Asserrin"
David L. Leavengood—"The Green Meadow Ranch"
William Ferris—"The Dog Trot: A Regional Home and Its Builder"
Clarence John Laughlin—"Men and Buildings: American Victoriana"
Giancarlo de Carlo—"An Architecture of Participation"
Ralph Kirkpatrick—"On Concert Halls: Conversations with Ralph Kirkpatrick"