Andersen, Hendrick Christian [Hrsg.]; Hébrard, Ernest M. [Hrsg.]
Creation of a world centre of communication — Paris, 1913

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God s people. Our highest aim is the search for truths; our greatest privi-
lege to make Truth the common possession of the world, the common
foundation of human hope. When a new impetus is given to the great intel-
lectual movement of the last century tending towards the unification of know-
ledge and scientific effort, the future will be provided with an assurance of
purpose and a desire to carry on the work begun with still greater strength
and enlightenment. It will then realise that the aim of to-day has been so to
gather up and coordinate the best efforts of the present and the past that
they might lead onward in unbroken continuity to its own endeavours and

These Institutes of Higher Learning could also offer the attractions of
the Art Centre to all lovers of the Muses. It would be within close range
of the Stadium and Gymnasia, of the Tower of Progress with its manifold
interests, of the Reference Library, of the Court of Justice and of the Temple
of Religions, and at the same time removed from all noise and disturbance.
All this cannot but appeal to the aesthetic, the practical and ideal in man.

Such Institutes built upon the highest pinnacle of human endeavour
would disclose an horizon of golden achievements, whose irradiance would
illumine the ends of the world. If we can establish a centre where humanity
mav unite in bringing its highest culture and noblest achievements, there must
the Fountain of Knowledge be found, fed and inspired by the Spirit of God.



As will be seen upon the bird's eye view of the General Plan, these
Institutes are situated on either side of the Avenue of the Nations, and are
easilv reached from all three centres as well as from the City, by underground
tubes and by broad avenues. As the requirements of the several sciences
are so varied, no attempt has been made as yet to work out the various buil-
dings in any detail. The whole was considered broadly as answering the
requirements of theoretical and applied science, law, religion and letters,
forming as it were, two great wings belonging to the Scientific Centre. An
ideal site is suggested. Two great rectangles are laid out, and divided into
spaces for the buildings which are to be surrounded bv gardens, fountains
and walks; while great care has been taken to amply provide for all neces-
sary constructions.



A world centre for the study of religions, with the special object of
seeking out the underlying truths common to all, and of emphasising the
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