Suburban buildings are freestanding
objects in space.
Urban buildings are
often shapers of space.
When we create buildings today, we frequently focus our efforts on their shapes,
with the shape of outdoor space a rather accidental leftover. These outdoor spaces,
such as those typically found in suburbs, are negative spaces because the buildings
aren’t arranged to lend shape to the spaces in between.
Urban buildings, however, are often designed under the opposite assumptions:
building shapes can be secondary to the shape of public space, to the extent that
some urban buildings are almost literally “deformed” so that the plazas, courtyards,
and squares that abut them may be given positive shape.
“Architecture is thoughtful making of space.
– LOUIS KHAN