The Idea of Loose Fit
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This chapter argues that architecture is about dimension and fit, both physically in space and time, and socially, culturally and politically. The question of fit is relevant at the dwelling, neighbourhood and city scales. It involves themes related to the materiality and production of buildings and the ethics of sharing and engaging with the city. Architects have neglected the dimension of time in designing their buildings. Once time is taken on board as of primary importance in the making and remaking of the landscapes in which we live, then issues of permanence and decay, continuity, reinvention and reinvigoration, incremental improvement, resource sharing, reuse and recycling come to the fore. This has profound implications for the ways in which buildings, and city landscapes, are made and remade.