Art: Atomic Architect

Who will design the atomic world—the technologist or the architect? As the world's top atomic scientists headed home from Geneva, leaving heady hints of a new atomic age behind them, Swiss Architect Rudolf Steiger was ready with an answer.

"When mankind got electricity and steam," says Steiger, "factories sprang up, and residential sections were thrown around them without planning. That's what we must avoid in the atomic age. The architect should be Number One."

Steiger, 54, a blunt bundle of energy, is Switzerland's No. 1 architect. Last week he and his partner-son, Peter Steiger,...

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