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50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

  • 1.  50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

    Posted 03-23-2019 11:18
    I won't be attending the convention this years, so perhaps a Fellow or two might consider renewing a resolution passed in Chicago in 1969. You could change "the moon" to "Mars" but the rest of the language remains, sadly, spot-on.

    RESOLUTION

    It has become clear in both moral and economic terms that our nation can no longer afford or pretend to intervene in the political and military affairs of nations throughout the world, maintain a military and weapons establishment of unlimited size, explore the moon and, at the same time, rebuild our decaying cities, provide an adequate supply of housing, and finance domestic programs needed to solve pressing social problems.

     

    THEREFORE,

    BE IT RESOLVED BY

    THE ARCHITECTS OF AMERICA

    THAT:

    One. We call on the President and the Congress to assume responsibility for a comprehensive reexamination and reordering of our national priorities, recognizing that we have neither unlimited wealth nor wisdom, and that we cannot sensibly hope to instruct other nations in the paths they should follow when we are increasingly unable to demonstrate that we know how to maintain a viable society at home.

    Two. We call upon our leaders, at all levels of government, to recognize that an efficient and humane environment is basic to the maintenance of a harmonious and prosperous society and that the skills to produce it are well within our grasp. At the same time, we wish to remind our representatives that neither hope, time, nor technology will solve the problems that presently make urban life a dirty, difficult and dangerous experience. Only a wholehearted commitment of will and money will enable us to apply the skills needed to erase the shame of urban America.

    Approved and adopted by The American Institute of Architects at its annual convention in Chicago, Illinois, June 26th, 1969.

     

     




  • 2.  RE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

    Posted 03-25-2019 17:31
    Good idea and great sentiment, but the current Administration is even more tone-deaf than the Administration in power in 1969.  You also have a more polarized nation and an electorate that as a whole is not as educated or civic minded.  AIA could pass it, but have to wait until 2021 at the earliest - if Mr. Trump wins re-election, another four years will be wasted....

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    Edmond Gauvreau, FAIA
    Washington, DC
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  • 3.  RE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

    Posted 03-25-2019 21:52
    Several VISTA volunteers from Trenton, NJ, drove to that Chicago convention to shame the AIA into passing this anti-Vietmam-War resolution. We presented it at the Sunday morning business meeting (after a wild Sat. night party at the soon-to-be-demolished B&O Railroad Station, at which demolition started early!).
    I think we appealed to the collective sense of guilt, and it passed on the spot.

    In any case, we need a new resolution. Having already written one, I pass the baton to someone else.
    Cheers,
    Doug Kelbaugh FAIA






  • 4.  RE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

    Posted 03-26-2019 12:35
    Agree

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    Charyl McAfee-Duncan FAIA
    McAfee3 Architects, inc.
    Dallas TX
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  • 5.  RE: 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESOLUTION

    Posted 03-26-2019 14:53
    There is a much more succinct way of saying all of that. "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you."