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Pattern: Inter-level zone

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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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Isolated inter-level connections in a framework may have useful additional, non-structural functions, but only if they are formed so as to establish a significant zone of influence around them.

Physical Free-standing columns play a role in shaping human space. Each marks a point. Two or more define an enclosure. A column thus creates a space for human activity if it permits places to be established around it where people can sit and lean comfortably. A thin column, only fulfilling its structural requirements, does not engender a comfortable environment.

Broader Perimeter continuity; Inter-level connections; Flexible domain organization; Partially contained interfaces; Partially enclosed internal domains; Common external context for inactivity; Communication pathways enfolded by non-linearity; Enfolded overview domains of minimum proportions; Hospitable non-linear domain external to structures; Organization of structure to provide occupiable sites; Efficient enclosure of spaces with minimal structural distinctions; Primary inter-level connections at transitions in boundary orientation; Overview domains at interfaces of the structure with the external environment.

Narrower Different settings; Ambiguous boundaries; Inter-level integrity; Symbols of integration; Protecting variability to enhance fixity.

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