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Building Today, Volume 1 Number 2 (January 1937)


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Building Today

Edited and published under the auspices of the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects


In our last issue we promised that "Building To-day" would appeal, with interest and benefit, to all sections of the community. Within the pages of this magazine will appear a wide variety of opinion and due to this, no doubt, a wide variety of style. Particularly will this be true of the homes illustrated. Curiously enough, although the majority of new or renovated commercial and industrial buildings are definitely of contemporary style, our domestic architecture leaves room for a very wide choice. Whether or not this should be so does not concern us at the moment. Our readers will find ample opportunity for judging for themselves fom the pages and issues which are to follow.

There is, however, one thing at least to which our magazine stands dedicated: the general improvement of the architecture of this country and, with it, of the health and happiness of the people. None can question the benefit of sweeping away our slums and replacing the old houses with new. Of replacing their damp, poorly lighted rooms, rotting timbers, leaking roofs, and insanitary linings, their inconvenient planning and lack of sanitary and other conveniences with houses or flats planned on scientific lines, built of fire- and rot-proof materials, with vermin- and dust-proof linings. Giving, in addition, the up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms, the comfortable and effective furniture and decorations, which may reasonably be expected by a civilised people.

Neither will it be denied that a properly planned office, shop, workroom or factory, with its scientific balance of natural and artificial light and ventilation, with its central heating, labour-saving arrangement and appliances, contributes very largely to the well-being of its users as well as returning a bonus in increased efficiency. It is, however, much more obscure, but no less true, that the beauty or otherwise of line and proportion, colour and character of our architecture, be it civic, commercial, industrial or domestic, has a very definite psychological effect upon those who view it and work with it. And so "Building To-day" brings before you a selection of contemporary ideas and examples in matters architectural, profusely illustrated. No matter how diverse may be the styles and opinions expressed, throughout all can be traced a definite pattern—a pattern formed by the ever-present necessity for scientific planning and the use of new materials, handled with trained facility in good design.

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