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Part of a 5-fold Pattern Language.
Subsequently published in Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential (1986)
Physical If a room is conceived and built by first placing columns at the corners, and then gradually weaving the walls and ceiling around them, the room needs a perimeter beam around its upper edge. This resists the horizontal thrust of the vault above, spreading the loads from upper stories onto columns, tying the columns together, and functioning as a lintel over openings in the wall.
Broader Inter-level connections; Progressive framework definition; Harmonizing space distribution between levels; Efficient enclosure of spaces with minimal structural distinctions; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation.
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