San Franciscan “chief Rationalizer” in Russia
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San Franciscan “chief Rationalizer” in Russia

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Zara Witkin, former civil engineer of San Francisco and member of a well known local family, has been appointed by the Soviet government to the post of “chief rationalizer” of the second five year plan.

Mr. Witkin is at present in Russia where he will remain indefinitely. Mr. Witkin’s theory is that the acute housing problems of nations can be solved by producing homes on the same basis of mass production as cheap automobiles are turned out. He plans the design of a house which will be manufactured in a factory just as automobiles are.

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