Architecture is container and space. The container, a building, for example, is solid material. It is capable of out-living the purpose for which it was originally designed, and the individuals who interact with it. When a built form transcends its time and its builders, the space within the container changes according to the needs of new human presence. In order to accommodate this shift, the container itself must be viewed as an autonomous form—an artifact. The new users’ interpretation of the artifact relies on pragmatic issues, such as square footage, structural integrity, and so on. It also relies on less tangible matters, specifically, the collective memory that is embodied in the built form and its site.

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