chapter  18
Design Innovation and the Challenge of Change
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It is fascinating to note that such diverse fields as literature, computer science, and pathology use the term architecture to describe the basic structures inherent in novels, software, or cell tissues respectively. The structure or patterns of such "architecture" go back to the derivation of the word architecture from the Greek architekton ("master builder"), that is, the craftsman who is chiseling away at stone and shaping a building. Inherent in the definition appears to be the notion of patterns that are recognizable or of basic structures that are repeated. By deliberate act, architecture represents systems of spaces created through connectors such as staircases, hallways, lobbies, and entryways. Architecture consists of assemblies, sequences, and sets of relationships of spaces, which in turn are perceived in different ways depending on the geometries used, as well as on the sociocultural idiosyncrasies of the users or occupants.