Space is the Machine

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"Architecture, through the design of space, creates a virtual community with a certain structure and a certain density. This is what architecture does and can be seen to do, and it may be all that architecture does. If space is designed wrongly, then natural patterns of social co-presence in space are not achieved. In such circumstances, space is at best empty, at worst abused and a source of fear".[1]

"The central way in which the physical environment contributes to human life is through spatial pattern—more specifically, through what Hillier now calls configuration—the way that the parts of a whole relate spatially and help engender one potential field of spatial and environmental behavior and actions rather than some other".[2]

Related Reading


  1. Space is the machine - A configurational theory of architecture by Bill Hillier, p. 188.
  2. Space is the machine] reviewed by Reviewed by David Seamon.