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Pattern: Zones of intermediate insight

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

Pattern template

Well-defined apertures into a bounded space result in strong contrasts in illumination to which it is difficult to adjust. Intermediate levels of contrast are required.

Physical Windows with a sharp edge where the frame meets the wall create harsh, blinding glare, and make the rooms they serve uncomfortable. By making the frame a deep, splayed edge, angled to the plane of the window, a gentle gradient of daylight gives a smooth transition between the light of the window and of the dark inner wall.

Broader Aperture compatibility; Overview of external contexts; Substantive distinctions separating domains; Occupiable sites exposed to external insight; Organization of structures to permit two sources of external insight.

Narrower Filtered insights; Integration within context; Tolerance at level interfaces.

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