PRINT Summer 1967

Towards the Development of an Air Terminal Site

If it resembles something, it would no longer be the whole.

—Paul Valery

SINCE JULY, 1966 I’VE BEEN rendering consultation and advice as an “artist consultant” to Tippetts—Abbett—McCarthy—Stratton (Engineers and Architects). The project concerns the development of an air terminal between Fort Worth and Dallas. From time to time, after studying various maps, surveys, reports, specifications, and construction models, I meet with Walther Prokosch, John Gardner and Ernest Schwiebert in order to discuss the overall plan. I have engaged in these discussions not as an architect or engineer, but simply as an artist. The discussions do not operate on any presupposed notion of art, engineering or architecture. The problems disclose themselves, as we encounter them. Everything follows an exploratory path.

The actual meaning of an air terminal and how it relates to aircraft is one such problem. As the

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