chapter  8
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PROPORTION and ORGANIZATION

On one hand, architecture is about assembling materials. On the other, architecture is

about assembling spaces. When we are first introduced to the term “space,” it is often in

the context of astronomy: outer space. In this case, “space” is boundless, infinite. It is an

area of nothingness between planetary objects and solar systems. In architecture, however,

the concept of “space” is quite the opposite. Architects define and enclose space, creating

bounded areas for human inhabitation, each with a particular geometry, proportion,

and organization (relationship to other spaces). Spatial geometry, proportion, and

organization have been central discourse in architecture for centuries, but their hierarchical

relationships among them have varied.