The New School was founded on the perception of the demand for adult mental occupation and expansion in an age which, among the machine products, has been rapidly fabricating leisure. The client, Dr. Alvin Johnson, is an educator of bread information and liberal ideas. His experiment was to give opportunity for following many interests in this leisure time. It met with a degree of success which demanded more ample housing. What he wanted of his architect was the embodiment of the school requirements – simply, technically and beautifully, within the economic means at hand. There was no question of recalling the past, the building was to function in the present and if possible to forecast the future.
Source: The Architectural Record (February 1931): 139-50
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