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Pattern: Congruence between spaces defined by the framework and spaces defined by the processes within it

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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)

Pattern template

No framework is every felt to be appropriate unless the spaces defined within it by boundaries and inter-level connections are congruent with the spaces defined by the pattern of movement within it. Formal construction constraints should not dictate the final form of the framework.

Physical No building ever feels right to the people in it unless the physical spaces (defined by columns, walls and ceilings) are congruent with the social spaces (defined by activities and human groups). The social spaces should never be modified to conform to the engineering structure.

Broader Partially contained interfaces; Focal centre of a complex structure; Patterning integrative superstructure; Complexification of perspective contexts; Variation in size of perspective contexts; Limitation on number of structural levels; Appropriate proportions of perspective contexts; Semi-autonomous contexts for maturing perspectives; Hospitable non-linear domain external to structures; Concealment of necessary monotonous perspective patterns; Semi-autonomous contexts for perspectives of decreasing activity; Harmoniously structured entry point for external communication media; Organization of structures to enhance receptivity to external insight.

Narrower Progressive framework definition; Appropriate construction elements; Level generation of minimum tension; Efficient enclosure of spaces with minimal structural distinctions; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation.

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