Design: Problems Unsolved

In a setting of garish sports shirts, pastel shorts, and knobby knees pinkening in the summer sun, 500 designers, teachers and admen gathered in Colorado last week for the eleventh annual Aspen International Design Conference. The theme of the conference was "Man—The Problem Solver." But if the delegates expected comforting words on man's deductive powers, they were brought up short by Designer Bernard Rudofsky, chief architect of U.S. exhibits at the Brussels Fair and guest director of exhibitions at Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art.

On the efforts of man to solve the basic problems of food, clothing and shelter, Architect...

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