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Pattern: Boundary expansion permitting new level generation

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

Pattern template

Slight expansion of external boundaries adds useful extra sub-space to the framework. They may be integrated into the framework in such a way as to counteract distortion resulting from the addition of a new level within the framework.

Physical In a sensibly made building every floor is surrounded, at various places, by small alcoves, window-seats, niches, and counters which thus form low-ceilinged "thick walls" around the outside edge of rooms. In a natural building these thick walls, defined by columns, can work as buttresses to counteract horizontal outward thrust generated by the presence of ceilings or higher floors. In order for such an alcove to work as a buttress, its roof must be built as nearly as possible as a continuation of the curve of the floor vault immediately inside.

Broader Exclusive contexts; Partially contained interfaces; Structure-enfolded occupiable sites; Facilities for perspective adjuncts; Patterning integrative superstructure; Organization of integrative superstructure; Exclusive spaces for emergent perspectives; Substantive distinctions separating domains; Occupiable sites exposed to external insight; Harmonizing space distribution between levels; Accessible facilities for perspective adjuncts; Organization of structure to provide occupiable sites; Exposure of input processing context to external insight.

Narrower Integration superstructure; Level generation of minimum tension; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation.

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