Perspecta 15 is devoted to “Backgrounds for an American Architecture.” In selecting articles the Editors sought to establish a cultural context of American Architecture within which they, as students, saw themselves working. Their purpose was not to catalogue significant monuments and movements, but to identify some aspects of the vernacular worthy of reconsideration.
The collection was intended to be documentary without being pedantic. Most of the work is of a scale which is more domestic than monumental, more suburban than urban. It is the Editors’ premise that the less publicized developments of the last century have relied more on a loose application of historical style and technological innovation than on the formal and functional integrity associated with European modernism.
While choice implies a value judgement, the Editors do not intend to assign undue significance to the work they have assembled. Their goal was not to be inclusive, but to select articles from diverse sources which reflect a cohesive approac in our culture of built form.
Charles W. Moore—"Southernness"
James H. Grady—"A Question of Style: Atlanta Houses 1880-1900"
Grant Hildebrand—"Albert Kahn: The Second Industrial Revolution"
Richard J.S. Gutman—"Diner Design: Overlooked Sophistication"
Esther McCoy—"Arts & Architecture Case Study Houses"
Richard W. Longstreth—"Julia Morgan: Some Introductory Notes"
Jeffrey W. Limerick—"The Grand Resort Hotels of America"