chapter  15
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The façades of buildings

Like an honest face, the elevations of a building should tell you something about what function it serves, how it is built and when it was constructed. In addition, the degree of embellishment or grandeur probably provides clues to the civic importance of the building. By drawing the façade of a building, you will gain insights into the intentions of the architect and his or her aspirations as an urban designer. Additionally, you will probably understand better the role of the building within the social or economic structure of the area, the reason for employing a distinctive style or pattern of architecture, or the justification for adopting a particular mode of technology.