Architecture Not to Scale: Viewing the Familiar With an Unfamiliar Eye

Blur Building at the 2002 Swiss Expo. Image Courtesy of Diller Scofidio + Renfro

Scale is a term that has dominated the architectural profession for as long as built structures have existed. In the literal sense, scale defines the measurable standards that we have come to know and accept —the widths of door frames, a car turn radius, and of course, a means of producing measurable drawings. In a more abstract and figurative representation, scale describes a feeling of individual experiences when comparing themselves or a familiar object to something unfamiliar.

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