When elements or spaces are not explicit but are nonetheless apparent—

we can see them even though we can’t see
them—they are said to be implied.


Solid-Void theory :

Solid-void theory is the three-dimensional
counterpart to figure-ground theory. It
holds that the volumetric spaces shaped
or implied by the placement of solid
objects are as important as, or more
important than, the objects themselves.

A three-dimensional space is considered a positive space if it has a defined shape
and a sense of boundary or threshold between in and out. Positive spaces can be
defined in an infinite number of ways by points, lines, planes, solid volumes, trees,
building edges, columns, walls, sloped earth, and innumerable other elements.


Rectangular (Positive Space) & Others (Negative Spaces)

A college “quad” is usually the preferred space on a
campus for social interaction and hanging out.


We move through negative spaces and
dwell in positive spaces.

The shapes and qualities of architectural spaces greatly influence human experience and behavior, for we inhabit the spaces of our built environment and not the solid walls, roofs, and columns that shape it. Positive spaces are almost always
preferred by people for lingering and social interaction. Negative spaces tend to
promote movement rather than dwelling in place.

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