Art: The Maturing Modern

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Convinced that 20th century architecture is still in the foothills, Eero Saarinen thinks it will be a long time before the summit is reached. Driving home through the industrial suburbs of Detroit, he often admits to a wave of pessimism: "I think the immediate future is black. There is too much that is ugly. Architecture is not just to fulfill man's need for shelter, but also to fulfill man's belief in the nobility of his existence on earth. Our architecture is too humble. It should be prouder, more aggressive, much richer and larger than we see it today. I would like to do my part in expanding that richness. I believe that is where architecture is going. It will be gloomy for a long time—and then it will get better."

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