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Pattern: Organization of integrative superstructure

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

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Each distinct portion of the integrative superstructure should correspond to an identifiable set of spaces within the framework. The layout will span the largest spaces and it is to them that those spanning lesser spaces should be connected in a self-reinforcing cascade down to those spanning the smallest spaces.

Physical Arrange the roofs of a building so that each distinct roof corresponds to an identifiable social span in the building. Place the largest roofs - those which are the highest and have the largest span - over the most important and most communal spaces; build the lesser roofs off these largest and highest roofs; and build the smallest roofs of all off these lesser roofs, in the form of half-vaults and sheds over alcoves and thick walls. The overall arrangement should form a self- buttressing cascade in which each lower roof helps to take up the horizontal thrust generated by the higher roofs.

Broader Patterning integrative superstructure; Containment by integrative superstructure; Functional integration of unstructured internal domains; Integration of non-linearity into integrative superstructure; Efficient enclosure of spaces with minimal structural distinctions; Organization of structures to permit two sources of external insight.

Narrower Harmonizing space distribution between levels; Boundary expansion permitting new level generation; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation.

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