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Pattern: Intermediate position

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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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Establishing an intermediate position between exposure to a wider range of influences and enclosure within a more controlled environment is strategically advantageous. Such a position is attractive because it facilitates choice of the degree of exposure acceptable at any one time.

Physical Front door benches encourage people to linger around the entrance to a building. People, especially the young and the old, like to watch street activity from them because they want to be able to control their degree of involvement, encouraging interaction with passers-by or withdrawing from it.

Broader Grounded structures; Attractive temporary positions; Partially contained interfaces; Structure-enfolded insight domain; Distinctiveness of main entry point to structure; Internal transition spaces enhancing structural entry points; Hospitable interface between structures and external environment; Semi-autonomous contexts for perspectives of decreasing activity; Direct relationship between structures and communication pathways.

Narrower Ambiguous boundaries; Protecting variability to enhance fixity.

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