chapter  6
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THE SPACES AROUND

Our judgements of towns and cities tend to be based much more upon the nature of spaces between buildings than upon the perceived qualities of the buildings themselves. And just as there are accepted ways of form-making in the arena of architectural design, so are there accepted ways of making external spaces. The impact of new building upon existing settlements can have profound consequences if an existing urban ‘grain’ is not responded to sympathetically. Conversely, when establishing complexes of new buildings, it is important to establish a hierarchy of spaces between buildings which can be ‘read’ as clearly as that within buildings.