ARC423 Advanced Building Systems
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|SYSTEM: A WORKING DEFINITION|
the Greek, systema; Latin, systema, French. systeme:
to place together.
From Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, second edition.
above definition tends to break down into two types of applications:
|For our purposes, a system requires two things:||1. At least two clearly
identifiable elements or components
2. A specified relationship that orders the elements.
|Note that a system may itself be viewed as an element in a larger context. In other words, a system may have sub-systems as elements. This "nesting" of subsystems can continue with subsystems inside of subsystems. The end of the strategy is the component, an element that cannot be reduced into any smaller parts or components.|
|As building technology has evolved we have witnessed a proliferation of systems for two primary reasons:||1. New technologies have
added new systems (from plumbing to fire suppression to telecommunications).
2. The refinement of existing technologies has made systems more efficient by more narrowly targeting the purpose of the system.
|Coleman's Theorem #1||1. Every formal proposition
(spatial, compositional, esthetic proposition) has a technical implication.
2. Every technical proposition (of material, assembly, process, or technique) has a formal implication.
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