Architecture and Cultural Values (Alvar Aalto Symposium, 1988) documents the contributions at the 4th International Alvar Aalto Symposium in Jyväskylä, Finland. The contributions are by Gunnel Adlercreutz, Jaakko Lovén, Pekka Salminen, Anna-Liisa Piipari, Alvaro Siza (the then winner of the Alvar Aalto medal), Carl Nyrén, Göran Schildt, Matti K. Mäkinen, Vilhelm Helander, Marja-Riitta Norri, Kaarin Taipale, Malcolm Quantrill, Georg Henrik von Wright, Francesco Venzia, Kenneth Frampton, and Maija Kärkkäinen.
The three catchwords of the great upheaval which marked the beginning of the modern era were liberty, egualité, fraternity. The dialectics of forces through which one has tried to implement the first tow ideals has gradually undermined and eroded the belief in progress vested in their implementation. We need not reject the ideals, but we have learnt to view with skepticism their full mutual compatibility. Of the three slogans, the one which still holds fort an unconsumed hope is fraternity, the idea of the universal brotherhood of men. In a world which is in a process of unification thanks to technological and industrial developments and the rationalisation (democratisation) of the socio-political orders, the demand on solidarity among men has acquired new dimensions. It can no longer be restricted to a narrow circle of immediate kinship of blood or professional interests. It must transcend all boundaries of nation, race or religion so as to become a consciousness of global responsibility – ‘global’ also in that it extends to those who after us will trample this earth. At bottom this is nothing but a fulfilment of the Christian command that we would love our neighbour as we love ourselves.
Will this command be fulfilled, the hopes held forth in the third slogan of Modernity materialise? It is futile to brood over the question. To answer Yes or No would be to cede to the illusions of myths of progress and of regress respectively. Of them we must beware. the only answer we ca give to the question whether there is hope for the future of man runs: Let us work for its fulfilment!
– Georg Henrik von Wright, The myth of progress. In: Architecture and Cultural Values, The 4th Alvar Aalto Symposium, 1988, p. 87.
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