Communication as a value for architecture
Widdowson, William Clinton
Master of Architecture
The difficulty with which people come together and the resultant lack of human inter-relatedness formulates one of the most serious problems facing mankind today. I see this problem manifested as loneliness in individuals, as misunderstanding and apathy between individuals and groups, and ultimately as gross inefficiency and a hindrance to the achievement of a better life for all men. The causes of the problem undoubtedly go deeper than architecture. But, I see the problem only compounded rather than lessened by our created environment. Architecture can create an atmosphere more conducive to human interaction, more kindly toward the forms of association, and more in the nature of gratifying rather than frustrating human needs. The testing grounds for my thesis will be a university campus. A controlled environment where people come together at a time in their lives and for the purposes that can be most enhanced by increased interaction. By increasing the opportunity and the facility with which people can come together, student with student, student with faculty, faculty with administration, and so on believe a situation could arise which would be richer indeed by virtue of the more intense relationships and act to the advantage of everyone involved.