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1984

Pattern: Initial level formation

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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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The easiest and most natural way to form the initial level of a framework is by enclosing an area of the domain on which it is located and reinforcing it with materials characteristic of that domain that ensure continuity and structural integrity in relation to the inter-level connections.

Physical The slab is the easiest, cheapest, and most natural way to lay a ground floor. It is constructed by first building a low perimeter wall around the building, tying it with the column foundations, and then filling it with rubble, gravel and concrete.

Broader Grounded structures; Integrative infrastructure; Domains for non-current elements and those in reserve; Efficient enclosure of spaces with minimal structural distinctions; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation.

Narrower Time binding; Zoning internal domains; Level generation of minimum tension.

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