The British-born architect Ralph Erskine lived and practised in Sweden from 1939. In his book (1982) about him Peter Collymore calls him "a romantic functionalist".
Erskine, he says, "designs his buildings to be useful and usable, and not subject to some outside aesthetic idea... The impetus for the design originates from the problems, both social and functional, that must be solved".
"With Erskine, technology is a means to an end: the aim of reconciling the individual and the community. Technology is used to help provide a range of experience within the building which would have been impossible to obtain before the last quarter of the 20th century... In his lifelong pursuit of an architecture intended to enhance humanity, he has never worshipped the machine and its products". Peter Davey, Architectural Review 8/1953.
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